Sunday, April 4, 2010

depicting real life.

Photo by Brandt Russo

Something I've come to realize is that pictures can cover up a thousand experiences of pain.

Facebook is a great tool if used wisely, but the thing I find the most fake about this website are the pictures. They are never an accurate depiction of life. So why do we try so hard to touch up our pictures, pose for the camera, and post as many pictures as possible for facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites.

Im not saying that family life is not a wonderful place, because I know some amazing families that create love and laugther in one anothers lives. Im saying these pictures and the number of them do not depict the true and real lives of people.

Don't get me wrong I am NOT saying my family is the worst one yet - they are amazing people, I just know in my 25th year the one thing I realize about my family is that we are all broken, jaded, shattered individuals who have experienced pain and sorrow. My family has been broken in part by lies, revenge, hurtful events, and misunderstandings These pictures don't say that about our lives, they don't show our wounds, because we can touch them up and perfect them with adobe photoshop or iphoto or whatever.

In my real life, the only thing that can take away the hurtful, painful images is God. The only who sent His son, to die in place of each and everyone of us. This analogy may be corny or cheesy, but in this pain stricken time of our lives, the only thing we can and MUST hold onto, is the redeeming love of God.

"my chains are gone, I've been set free, my God my Saviour has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace."

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