It’s officially December! And you know what that means?
Lots and lots of Instagram posts. And lots and lots of filters.
The holiday season is one that lends itself to a bit more creativity and beauty than normal, right? We’re constantly finding things to post because, well, there are so many wonderful things to see this time of year! And getting that perfect post is the ultimate goal, especially when it comes to using filters. Do I simply make my photo black and white? Or do I use my trusty VSCO F2?
We put filters on everything in our lives, and social media gets a bad rap for being the source of this not-so-new trend. I might not walk around every day holding up a filter in front of my face, but I do keep the ugly stuff hidden, both internal and external. I wear makeup. I pretend I’m okay when I’m not. I don’t talk about the things I’m ashamed of or just admit that I don’t want to show up right now. I put on a happy face and laugh and go about my day. And so do you.
Let me clarify this point by saying that none of these things are inherently negative, but they are the reality of the world we live in. Filters are part-and-parcel of the human experience, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
So, in light of this truth, let’s take a closer look at the filter that comes to us in this incredibly special season.
Two thousand years ago, on a balmy spring evening in Bethlehem, a young girl named Mary gave birth to the Christ child, our Savior: the ultimate filter through which to view our lives and ourselves. Christ wasn’t born just so we would get to heaven, although I can’t think of anything I want more than to spend eternity in the presence of my heavenly Father. But that’s just one part of the Gift. The other part is that in His birth we are offered an opportunity to live our lives with a unique perspective – one that doesn’t require man-made filters. One that slips itself over our flaws and scars and makes us brand new again.
And do you want to know what’s even more incredible?
The Jesus filter is the real thing.
What we see on social media is the result of good lighting and angles. But what we see through Jesus is the TRUTH. The issues that we struggle with are real – the insecurities, the fear, the failures – but they don’t make us who we are. In the end, the mess we’ve made on this earth is simply the result of a lie – a lie that we believed. A lie that told us we weren’t good enough, or smart enough, or put-together enough. So when we work to put filters on ourselves, we’re only trying to cover up the lies. Jesus, in His magnificent grace, sets things right again.
And through Him, we can see ourselves as we truly are: beautiful, meaningful, perfect.
So when you’re putting up those Christmas lights and wrapping presents for loved ones, let them serve as a reminder of how God sees you. Remember that He knows your worth so well He sent His Son to experience all the things you do – the pain, the joy, the uncertainties – in order to reveal His glorious, unending love.
And when you go to put that filter on your next Instagram post, remember you have already been made perfect.
PC: @beckikcampbell via #BelovedLife