Happy spring, friends! How are you doing? How’s life? How’s the weather? It feels like its been a hot minute… I’ve missed the past couple of Wednesday’s but I thought it would be fun to show you what I’ve been creating recently… I’ve been loving using brighter colours and popping contrasts, I feel like they match my energy at the moment so that’s fun.
I don’t know if you remember but my first post this month was a lil’ life catch up and a few current faves… I felt like I needed to get you guys up to speed on life since I’d been gone for so long haha. At the start of the post I had a little ‘real talk’ section and a few of you mentioned you were fans, so I’m bringing it back for this post… but if you’re not interest in what I have to say just scroll for some cute art 😉 ❤
REAL TALK: a rant on christian social media culture
So, y’all may or may not have caught on to the fact that I’ve been somewhat inconsistent with blogging recently… which is basically just down to life and school and work and just everything else going on. A few months ago that really would have bugged me, and whilst it still frustrates me that I can’t give more time to this precious little space of mine, I’ve come to realise that I’m in a busy season of life and there are other things I need to focus on… and that’s all okay. I probably haven’t talked about that a ton on here but I really do want to make it clear that I’m not perfect and that my time management sucks sometimes and that my productivity levels drop often.
See, I like to think of myself as a ‘faith and lifestyle’ blogger/creator and obviously the idea behind that is that I kinda know what I’m talking about regarding those kinda things. But the truth is, most of the time… I DON’T!! Most of the time my life is a mess and my friendships are bumpy and my routines are all over the place. Most of the time I’m just muddling my way along, trying to share with you guys whatever God puts on my heart or in my brain or whatever I feel like I’m learning. And the truth of it is, sometimes I do a half decent job at all that, but other times… I really don’t.
And I think that’s okay… I don’t think I’ve ever claimed to be perfect or have it all together, but I think the problem starts to develop when we don’t talk about our weaknesses or our imperfections or our inadequacies enough.
I think we (as Christian creators) have created a social media culture where we like to present ourselves as having it all together or being super good at life. I’m not trying to shame or call our any other creators AT ALL by saying that but I if you scroll through Instagram or if you land on ‘Christian tiktok’ or if you catch up on your youtube subscritions, I wonder if you’ll notice a lack of rawness and realness.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing makeup in pictures and on instagram. I don’t think there’s any problem with sharing the highlights from your week or month or summer. I don’t think it’s bad to share the successes and not always the failures… but I think if we begin to portray this as the ONLY side to our lives we can start to appear something we’re not. See, I think Christian social media culture likes to present Christian creators as having this perfect lifestyle, society-approved body, healthy fitness and diet plans and a flawless relationship with God… and the thing is, that’s just not the truth. And when we start to believe this about some people, we sort of create this ‘social media lense’ through which we see everything on social media with rose tinted glasses if you will, and forget that these people are just as broken and messy as ourselves.
Friends, if you’ve read this far through this jumbled rant I’m impressed and I’m nearly done, but I think it all boils down to this: I am not enough. I am a sinner, I mess up more times a day than I can count, I don’t always use my words nicely, I’m not always loving to other people, I don’t always live like Jesus would want me to, sometimes I use bad words, sometimes I gossip and lie. But because of Jesus- AND ONLY JESUS- I am able to share my little life with you. Jesus reached down into my my mess of a life a picked me up, ever so gently. He calls me His and says daily that it’s okay that I mess up because He already paid the price for all my ugly, ugly sin. I am not worthy by anything I could ever do or say with my own power, but in Jesus Christ alone I am called worthy.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope and pray that you know that; not only about me but also as you look at other Christian creators. I’m not saying they’re doing anything wrong (and eeek, I really hope it didn’t come across that way), merely that social media has created this lense through which we so easily view other people online, and that we need to know that these people are really just like us before we get stuck in a comparison game and a spiral into the perfect window which is social media through which we see these imperfect lives.
So yeah… that’s basically it… my thoughts on Christian social media culture. Scroll for art 😉