You know who I’m talking about.
You see her on Facebook or on the magazine covers in the store.
She’s the It girl, and she has it all together.
She’s the one with the ‘hundred-watt smile. Her kids are always happy and clean, and her husband adores her.
Maybe she’s online plugging their trip to some sunny beach in Florida. It never rains while they’re there.
Hers is an perfect sense of style, both with her home and with her whole family.
That’s the thing: she’s perfect…And she doesn’t really exist.
TV, movies, magazine spreads, and social media can give us a false sense of perfectionism. The photos that don’t make it to Instagram are easily discarded, while people work to put their best face forward. I know I do it, but I hope no one thinks I’ve got it together. I can say most assuredly that I don’t.
In spite of Gram, Twitter, FB, and whatever else, you don’t get to see what’s really going on in the heart of the most put-together It girl.
It’s not a pretty word picture, but Jesus talks about “white-washed tombs” in Matthew 23:27-28:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness (NIV).”
I’m not saying that this is what’s going on with your It girl. She may have the purest heart in the world, but dollars to donuts you do like me and compare your own worst to the It girl’s best.
Not a good idea.
It’s better to be yourself and celebrate the You that God created.
And go with this:
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)”