A few weeks ago I was going through the list of my followers on Twitter and I noticed something interesting. And funny.
Everybody is better looking on their Twitter avatar when they’re far away or the picture is small. But the second you click on it and zoom in, the picture isn’t as pretty. Mine included.
Don’t act shocked or offended. You’ve probably made the same observation before. If you haven’t, try it yourself and you’ll notice the same thing. And you should. Any person can look great from far away. But the closer you get, the more obvious their imperfections become.
It actually mirrors our own lives very well. When you look at people or settings from a distance, you generally get a better picture than reality. And it’s often a picture we’re envious of. But if you were to click on it and zoom in, you’d see that no person or situation is ever perfect. Everyone and everything has issues.
The person who looks so appealing from far away might actually be dealing with severe depression or insecurity. They might be very selfish or cynical.
The job that seems so perfect might have long hours that take you away from your family. Or a boss who is degrading.
The church that appears so much more unified than yours might have hidden divisions that only those up close can see.
There are no perfect people. No perfect jobs. No perfect families. No perfect churches. Only seemingly perfect people, jobs, families, and churches. This is important to remember because we can waste our time envying something that doesn’t really exist. Or even be lured by it.
You might be thinking about leaving your wife for someone “better.” But remember once you get up close it’s going to be the same thing, just different flaws. You might want to quit your church and go to another one. But remember that you’re really just going to be trading one set of imperfections for another.
What you’re wanting is worse than it seems.
What you have is better than it seems.
Don’t ever make the mistake of giving up something imperfect yet God-given in pursuit of something seemingly perfect but not real.