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Snapshots and soundbytes

May 6, 2015

What if someone randomly took a unphotoshopped slice of your life and held it up for all the world to see and declared it to be representative of who you are?

Remember…I said random.  So maybe that slice will come from a day you were really happy with yourself.  But it could just as easily come from a moment when you were stressed, sick, distracted, over-tired, over-hungry, grieving, or experiencing a case of mental flatulence.

How do you feel about having a moment like that define you?

Yeah.  Me neither.

I’ve had a lot of moments that aren’t representative of the best me.  The people who know me well would be able to average out a bad moment over an entire lifetime and see a far more accurate picture of who I am.  But life is full of people who only get to see snapshots and never the film.  Receptionists, check-out clerks, wait staff…what they see during their brief interaction with me is all they know.

The reality is you and I don’t really live the shiny selfie life of our Facebook newsfeeds.  We’re actually much more beautiful than that.  And much more appalling.

And in the face of the dreadful realness of reality, there is something really important you should know:

You’re smarter than the dumbest decision you’ve ever made.

You’re kinder than the meanest thing you’ve ever said.

You’re braver than the most chicken-livered response you’ve ever given.

You’re a better person than the worst thing you’ve done.

On your worst day, you are loved—relentlessly, passionately, without counting your faults and frailties against you.

On your worst day, He calls you beautiful…and Mine.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2015 6:39 am

    “life is full of people who only get to see snapshots and never the film.” – awesome and genuine line :)

  2. May 7, 2015 9:24 am

    There are so many times I would look very badly. Yikes. This is absolutely beautiful!

  3. May 7, 2015 9:28 am

    Hmmm. Wonder if an overblown pic prompted this post? Regardless, it was encouragingly wonderful. Thanks.

    • May 7, 2015 9:32 am

      No…but that overblown pic is definitely not my finest appearance! And thank you. :)

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