Well this weekend was my first experience speaking about my story and my message at the “Lies we tell” women’s retreat put on by H2O church in Ardmore, OK. The theme of my message was the lie that “I have to be perfect” in the way I live my life and that “I have to be perfect” to be used by God. For the second portion of the talk I leaned heavily on my article “Puddles and Rock Stars” featured here.
To add some comic relief we worked on this video to illustrate the way that social media puts forth the lie that we have to be perfect. So often we log on to Facebook or twitter and see the best parts of the lives of our friends and family. No one is posting a video of their most recent marriage knock out fight, but we certainly post hot date pics. No one posts about failing a class, but a status about straight A’s isn’t rare. It’s understandable to want to put your best face forward on social media, but the danger lies in believing that what we see on Facebook is a completely accurate picture of people’s real lives. It’s not, it’s only the best parts, and if you feel like you don’t measure up to what you see in your news feed, remember that measuring your life against other people’s Facebook posts and tweets will always leave you feeling inadequate. So do what you need to do to stop doing that.
And oh, if you get “the girl from Ipanema” or “The odd Couple Theme” stuck in your head this week, you’re welcome. Use it to remember that you are uniquely awesome.