“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14
“He has made everything beautiful in its time…” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
There was a time, not too long ago, when there was outrage at magazines and advertisements photo-shopping their models. In fact, there is still a lot of backlash over this. But think about it, don’t we all do this in a way?
When was the last time you didn’t add a filter of a photo you posted of yourself?
In today’s culture and society, it seems like the norm is to adjust yourself and your surroundings, in your photographs to make it different – more ‘beautiful’. But why? What’s wrong with the beautiful we are now? Why do we need to change that?
There’s this constant feeling of “She looks like that, why can’t I?”, “She’s a perfect 10 and I’m barely a 6” or “their life looks so good, why can’t I have that?”. This is the trap of comparison. A seemingly never-ending cycle. Because, no matter how good you think your life is, as long as you are in this trap, someone else’s life will always look better. You will still look at the girls in magazines, or even the girl down the road, and think they have the perfect looks/home/life. But guess what? Nobody is perfect! And guess what else? Life isn’t perfect – not for anyone. Life is unfiltered. And being perfect is so overrated! So, stop the comparisons.
We are more than a size, more than a height, more than a rating. We are worth more than words or numbers. For we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. We don’t need filters or photo-shopping to be beautiful.
Now, I am going to set myself, and anyone who is up for it, a challenge: to go a month without adding filters to the photos we post on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Anywhere else. This includes photos with people, photos alone, photos of things around you, and especially selfies! Let’s show the world what beauty means again, #NOFILTER style.
With Love, Abi X