It seems like from the moment we girls were old enough to wear bubblegum flavored lipgloss and watch Lizzie McGuire we’re told to always be ourselves- to not worry about what people think and to wear our hearts on our sleeves.
This was all well and good until social media showed up and we began to put our lives out there for people to double tap. Suddenly “just be yourself” became a caption rather than a motto.
We now have created carefully crafted social images of ourselves that we put out for the world to judge. These images, though hardly representing our actual lives, are what we prefer people to see. We have become a generation of seeming rather than being.
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30
Because the hard, honest truth is that it would be so much more difficult for us to put our real selves out there in the open for everyone to see. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown so used to putting the right filter on our lives that it has become frightening to be real.
“…To find satisfaction in being rather than seeming thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit.” (ZTA Creed)
Finding satisfaction in being rather than seeming lies in ending the unspoken competition that most of us participate in over social media.
Your worth is not defined by how many likes your picture got, or how much better your friend’s vacation photos look than yours. Your worth is not defined by the clothes that you wear. Your worth is not defined by grades, boys, or going out.
Your worth is defined by the fact that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” -Song of Songs 4:7
It’s time to lift our chins up high and appreciate the amazing women that we are.