Just Say No… To Photoshop
Many of you may see this title and think, I will by no means say no to Photoshop, BUT I can say no to this blog! Well don’t leave just yet. As all of us know, Photoshop is a tool used to enhance pictures. We use filters, cropping, and other Photoshop features in order to create the ‘perfect’ picture. Photoshop is a great tool, when it comes to our photos. However, many of us try to Photoshop our lives. This is where the trouble begins.
We can’t crop out a decision or put a filter on a relationship. We need to be transparent in our lives because this is what draws others to Jesus. I am not saying to go and write a 5 page post on social media explaining your every sin for the world to see. That would not be wise, the Lord does not call us to air our dirty laundry to every single person we meet, but He does call us to be real. I struggle with this, personally, I do not like to be transparent. Transparency leaves one vulnerable, and I do not like being vulnerable. The Lord has really dealt with me on being transparent and put me in situations where I had to make a choice, will I uncover what is really going on in my heart or will I smile and say, “I’m fine.”
Each time, that I have allowed myself to be vulnerable it has been a truly freeing experience and others get to see not only the fact that I do not have it all together, and people I do not even a little bit, but that the Lord is the one who keeps me together and this is what brings glory to God! Being real in the face of what we think may be judgment or criticism, is not about us, it is about giving glory to our King! We must not sit back and attempt to “Photoshop” our every flaw, flaws are what make us imperfect people in need of a perfect God. 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
I am sure that most, if not all of us want the power of Christ to rest upon us. We want to walk in the power of His might, we want to be used by Him, but we can’t be used by Him without getting real and leaving behind the filters and the cropping. Before we can get real with anyone, we must first be true and vulnerable before the Lord. As wonderful as that is, for some reason, it is sometimes hard, at least for me. I even ran, and at times still run, from being vulnerable before the Lord. The feeling of being exposed can be scary, even before the One who sees and knows all. Then I am reminded that Jesus was totally exposed on a cross dying for my every sin, and that changes my perspective on what it means to be vulnerable and exposed.
If we are followers of Christ, our stories are no longer our own, they belong to the Lord as we do. So the next time someone passes by you and asks you how you are doing, and you know you are struggling with something, don’t just give a casual “I’m fine” or “doing good.” It is time to let people in on our struggles because our brothers and sisters in Christ are here to pray with us. We don’t have to share every single detail, but sharing that we are struggling and need prayer is enough for someone to know that they are not alone. All of us struggle at different points and we need to know we can depend on each other. The Lord has also given each one of us people who He wants us to share life with, those are the people with whom we can be the most vulnerable because of the trust that is established in those relationships. Outside of my spouse, I have a few ladies who I trust that I share my faults with, my fears, my detailed prayer requests, etc. It is a blessing to have them!
James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
As I close this blog ladies, I would like you all to pray for me. I am currently struggling with some things personally and I know that the Lord is leading and guiding me, however I also know that there is power in prayer. The Lord knows the details and I trust Him to work! Remember that a thing hidden is a thing the devil can hold against you, but a thing revealed is something the Lord can heal!