I follow a bunch of super-talented, gorgeous bloggers on Instagram. My feed is filled with unbelievably-styled pictures, beautifully-written posts, amazingly-decorated homes and dressed-to-kill kids. I admire these bloggers, I really do! But I also feel, “Why am I doing this blogging/writing thing anyway? I seriously don’t measure up.”
Do you also struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Do you measure yourself against someone else’s perceived perfection? Do you wish you could decorate like Joanna Gains? And have that adorable, sexy banter with your husband? All the while looking effortlessly stylish and skinny? Geesh!
Look at your own social media feed. Wouldn’t you say that it encapsulates maybe 1% of the best of your life – ignoring the 99% of the normal, mundane or just plain ugly, of our real lives?
With that in mind, I’ve got to admit a few things to you:
- My carefully edited photos steathily hide my clutter.
- I love chocolate a little too much. 😉
- I am not surrounded by 20 supportive life-long friends that have helped me get through the roughest places of my life. And we don’t have coffee dates regularly.
- I wish I was a better/more fun/never cranky parent.
- I have struggled through blogging when no one was reading.
- My upbringing is what makes me so passionate about raising healthy families. But, I feel the tension in sharing too much, because I want to guard the people that I love.
- I can’t dance but I totally do at my house…to the total embarrassment of my kids.
- I have to continually learn to rest in Jesus. That it’s not about my performance or perfection. I don’t need to hide my faults from him or anyone else, because he loved me at my worst.
- I will never be cool enough to get a tattoo.
I’m not writing this for me. I know all my faults (and these aren’t the worst of them, these are just the ones I can bear to put in print!) I write this for you. Whoever you are, I want you to know that no matter how perfect someone’s life looks, she has problems, insecurities and a past, just like you.
Most bloggers I know are wonderfully honest and forthcoming with their struggles. You can’t write very long without learning that authenticity is one of the most enduring gifts a writer can have and one that draws all of us imperfect humans to keep reading.
I hope you are encouraged to rest in Christ, to be authentically you, and to trust God with your future. The world needs to hear your voice as well. Just be the best version of you, that you can be.
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