Life is not always as it appears to be on the outside.
Pictures can be deceiving and don’t paint the true picture of life “behind the scenes”.
People share & post pictures of the best moments of their life – especially on social media & blogs. They share pictures of celebrations, milestones, smiles, birthday parties, fun times, clean houses, and well-mannered children. Life appears to be perfect.
It’s not a bad thing to share the good things…but it is not the complete picture of life. It can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction in your own life. It is easy to compare and feel like you don’t measure up. You start to wonder what is wrong with your life.
Things are not always like they appear on the outside (or in the picture)!
What you don’t see in the pictures are the things that may have happened right before or after the pictures. Who else has a family picture that when you look at it you can see the fake smiles behind it? You remember the tantrum that happened before the picture or the fight on the way.
Behind the smile there may be hurts. Between the good times there are tears & messes in everyone’s life.
Real life is not picture perfect! It’s not always laughter & fun.
-dirty clothes on the bedroom floor
-piles of laundry
…and so much more.
The truth is – No one has a perfect life! We may stuff the messiness away for pictures (or hide it in another room) but it is still there.
Don’t let comparison or the quest for perfection steal your joy.
My life is far from perfect. The outside of my house may look picture perfect but the inside can be another story. My children argue, there are piles of dirty clothes, I lose my cool & mess up, there are dirty dishes in my sink, and most days I don’t even dare look in my teenager’s bedrooms. 🙂
But in the midst of the messiness, I am learning to trust God more & be content. The people I love the most are part of the mess and I am blessed!
Don’t compare your life to the snapshots you see of other people’s lives. Remember that what you see on the outside isn’t the whole story. Life is made up of both the picture perfect moments and the messes.