I am no stranger to Photoshop and the magic that can take place within that software. Amazing transformations can happen if you have the know how and your final product can look absolutely nothing like the photo you started with. This can be both a blessing and a curse, in my opinion. A blessing because that zit in the middle of our forehead can be removed with the spot removal tool. A curse because I do believe we’ve it a bit to far.
I’ve been participating in Selfie Saturday for quite sometime now. Elena and her blog are one of the inspirations behind this Revolution series in a positive way. Being involved in her selfie hop made me take a good long look at myself and what I am teaching my two children about being comfortable in their own skin. If I, myself, am not comfortable in my own skin then how could I possibly expect my children to be? And if you’ve been following this series then you’ve heard this before and know just how Revolution began.
I admit, I was a little caught off guard when I hopped over to Elena’s blog to discover this past week’s selfie prompt was “perfection”. The pictures posted to demonstrate were off-putting to me. They caused my heart to ache a little. If we are using the liquify tool to make us look 30 pounds lighter and passing these images off as “real” then what message are we sending to society? To our children? To OURSELVES??? We aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, our eyes aren’t blue enough… We could go on and on with the tools available to achieve so called “perfection”. So where do we draw the line?
I am guilty of brightening the eyes, smoothing out skin tones, removing a blemish or two. But I would never feel right about liquifying myself to a size 4 and passing it off as me. It’s NOT me. And I will never again be a size 4 in my entire life. God did not make me a size 4. My daughter will probably never be a size 4 considering she is literally my carbon copy. So if I don’t teach her that size 8 is beautiful, who will? Certainly not society.
Photoshop has it’s place. And I believe in enhancing things that are already there. But it is not the key to loving ourselves and being happy with who we are. The only key to this kind of happiness is with God and growing in our relationship with Him. Only then can we begin to understand that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Made in His image. And He is perfect.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:10
Embrace your perfect imperfections. Be real. Be You.
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