There is so much more to a moment than whatever it is we’re framing in a lens when trying to capture it. There are emotions undetected by the camera. There are piles of laundry just around the corner. There is the argument that happened moments earlier between the two siblings now being darling for the camera. There are feelings of inadequacy, even when we share a creative something we copied from Pinterest. There is the long tiring day that doesn’t get erased when we show the yummy dinner we whipped up for our family.
And yet….our online identities are being shaped by these pretty images.By what we choose to share. By one frame of a moment. By the best captures of our day. So in my post What the Camera Doesn’t Show, I asked you to join me in sharing a little bit more to our current reality than the cute pictures we post on Instagram and Facebook. Or as some have done, capture with your lens the less photogenic parts of your life!
Our inroads through social media expand our communities, but they seem to limit our identities. For there is no way you can fully be known through the internet. Take me, for example. I often share with you details of my life that are honest and sincere, parts of my heart that feel vulnerable to reveal. I don’t write about what I do….I write about who I am and how God is shaping me through the activities and people around me. This gives you a window into my life, into my heart. But it’s near impossible for you to really know me if all you see of me are my writings and pictures. My truest identity is known by those near to me, living with me, communing with me, fellowshipping with me, praying with me, listening to me. It’s a good thing, then, that I don’t write my blog so that you will know me…..I write so that you will know Him. That my story will point to His story, my life to His life, my love to his love. And if all I ever show you is the creative corners of my house and clean corners of my heart, I will fail at the very thing I want to do most with my story.
This is the motivation behind #whatthecameradoesntshow. A cry for authenticity. A call to infuse our online communication with a healthy dose of truth and realness. It’s so good for the one posting…and the ones viewing. I thought I’d share a few pictures that have showed up with the hashtag in hopes to get you to join us!
May God teach us how to ever be faithful and genuine with our stories, with the way we communicate, with the way we share who we are. May you have beautiful moments to capture, countless gifts to count!
I’m environmentsofgrace on Instagram — who are you? Join us in sharing #whatthecameradoesntshow