Masks

So, I've been thinking a lot about masks lately and the fact that most people are hurting and hiding it. Yes, we all have highs and low, mountains and valleys, but why do we all put on some sort of mask? More importantly, is anyone tired of it?

What would happen if we all just came off of our high horses and we didn't have to act like we live in some bubble with all things pretty and flowers and crisp white colors and roses with a perfect child who doesn't bring us to our knees sometimes or make us cuss under our breath? I'm not proud of that, but it's true.

Should we blame social media? Should we blame this "selfie generation?" Should we blame ourselves for being so consumed with how we look and for being so into ourselves? I mean, I am only preaching to myself here as I go back and forth every single day on whether or not I should have social media and what the point of it is anyway. Hey, guys, look at me and my adorable kid!!! Hey, guys, look at this post because it's funny and I want to make you laugh. Hey, guys, look at ________ or look at __________. I mean, sometimes, I just want to leave my phone at home for the day and not have to snap a picture. Yes, I want to have sweet memories to reflect on down the road, but I also want to live in the here and now and not be consumed with documenting everything 24/7.

I know some people are feeling judged and maybe even downright judging me for saying all of this. Like I said though, I am preaching to myself and to anyone else who feels like reading.

People are truly hurting. I've hung out with a few friends in the past few weeks, and here is the cry of peoples' hearts: to love and to be loved. Isn't that what we all want? To feel loved and feel accepted? All of these styled shoots, perfect hair days, killer outfits, and glamour will fade. At the end of the day, and at the end of your life, it boils down to Jesus and who you love and serve. When we serve and love others, it fills us up. When we put the Lord first, we are filled. Depression starts to fade away, insecurities start to fade away, freedom starts to build in our spirit, and we no longer have to prove something to people. It's a beautiful thing! But slowly, we can drift away, and be right back where we started: feeling sorry for ourselves, comparing ourselves to others that look like they have it made, crying over the feeling of being unfulfilled. It's a horrible place to be in, friend. I have been there before, and it doesn't take much for my wandering, crazy brain to have a pity party and feel lonely sometimes. Maybe the reason I feel so strongly about all of this is because I am the one who gets caught up in it.

I say this to encourage you. I know my words come out crazy sometimes, but it's because I am so tired of it. I am so tired of the facade, and the "image" that we try so hard to portray at times. Just be yourself! Just laugh life off sometimes, and enjoy life! The Lord knew we would need laughter sometimes :) Live in the moment. Sing like Clarabelle Cow, why don't ya? Ok, if you didn't see my video on Facebook the other day, you have no clue what that means. Trust Jesus. He designed you with certain traits and qualities and it doesn't matter if someone else has something you wish you had. God's DIVINE POWER has given you EVERYTHING you need for life and Godliness in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). Amen!

Ok, rant over!! Hmmm.....what sexy selfie should I post next? JUST KIDDING!!!!


"Shoulders"

"Shoulders" by for King & Country is song of the month for me. I LOVE when artists incorporate scripture into their lyrics :)

"When confusion's my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that you are near
When caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I find my comfort here
Cause I know that you are near

My help comes from you
You're right here pulling me through
You carry my weakness my sickness
My brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from you
You are my rest my rescue
I don't have to see to believe
That you're lifting me up 
On Your shoulders, your shoulders

You mend what once was shattered
And you turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Oh your mercy is relentless

My help comes from you
You're right here pulling me through
You carry my weakness my sickness
My brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from you
You are my rest my rescue
I don't have to see to believe
That you're lifting me up 
On Your shoulders, your shoulders

My help is from you
(Don't have to see to believe it)
My help is from you
(Don't have to see cause I know, I know it's true)
My help is from you
(Don't have to see to believe it)
My help is from you
(Don't have to see cause I know, I know it's true)

My help comes from you
You're right here pulling me through
You carry my weakness my sickness
My brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from you
You are my rest my rescue
I don't have to see to believe
That you're lifting me up 
On Your shoulders, your shoulders

My help is from you
(Don't have to see to believe it)
My help is from you
(Don't have to see cause I know, I know it's true)"
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