It’s raw and it’s YOU - warts & all.
Here’s why I’m doing it-
I get so many nice comments and encouraging messages from lovely friends on IG & FB, both from friends and acquaintances that I might not see regularly in real life.
Comments like, “You’re such a great mum”, “You’re so creative”, “I just love seeing your happy children”... etc etc. And while these comments are nice and often true- I can feel a little guilty about the fact that these lovely, encouraging friends don’t get to see the whole picture. They see what I allow them to. I control it. It’s all real, but it’s not complete.
Life is good for me, I am blessed and happy. BUT, it’s also messy. You don’t see that online. Behind my iphone is little old me, not very presentable at all. Lots of insecurities and failings. Uhuh!
I struggle- often.
I feel inadequate- most days.
I don’t think there’s anything much wrong with posting nice things. Of course we want to share good and happy things. That’s GOOD! It inspires. We celebrate the good times. We were originally made for perfection, that’s why we crave it, and long to see it, be a part of other people’s niceness. We feel connected.
BUT SOMETIMES, when our news feeds are full of other people’s carefully chosen, polished, filtered, rosy & hilarious lives- we can feel quite inadequate. We feel like everyone else is doing fine while we feel broken, messy, frustrated or completely frazzled by circumstances or children.
I don’t want this to be a depressing reality check- or so that people will comment and make me feel better. And social media isn’t the place for airing your dirty laundry or diving into the depths of your personal struggles. But it’s also not the place to act like you’ve got it all together, intentional or not! “Me Unmasked” is not a emo-fest or a pity-party. But rather- I want it to liberate others. I want people to break free of fear of judgement, fear of others. To bare our weakness and wounds and make room for God’s strength. To be vulnerable. To offer a more accurate picture of what’s going on in our worlds. I want to be a sister, a friend and an encourager to others. To allow others to be imperfect, and be loved anyway. Because that’s what God does for us. In your weakness, He is made strong. In our imperfection, He loves.
despite our shortcomings and ugly parts.
Don’t forget to hashtag your posts #meunmasked so we can link to all posts.
Feel free to invite other people to participate.