The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But that doesn’t mean those words are true. Pictures can lie. A captured moment of someone’s life doesn’t tell the whole story, not to mention that moment can be edited, like most selfies.
People know this, yet they still get sucked into the culture of judgment. Someone shows them, or just tells them, a snapshot of someone’s life, and they make decisions about who that person based largely on someone else’s view of that moment. No matter what else that person says or does, they super-impose that judgment of them over it.
It’s probably happened to you, and maybe you’ve done it to others. You’ve almost certainly done it to yourself. There are times you don’t measure up to someone else’s expectations—including your own—and in that moment you judge yourself to be a worthless failure. That picture couldn’t be further from reality, but you accept it as truth.
Don’t let a bad picture of you define your identity anymore. A snapshot of failure is not who you are. You are who God says you are. Always. It’s your reset button when the camera in your head isn’t focusing properly.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).