I recently had to get some passport photos taken for a driving permit and was shocked at the results. Not that I don’t know what I look like – I have had some real horror photos over the years. But looking at this instant photo from the booth I look like I have been airbrushed! This slightly odd, more prefect than in reality photo has more perfect skin and more chiselled cheek bones than the real me! In an age of airbrushed perfection I am wondering if the makers of this photo booth have decided to issue digitally enhanced versions of customers in order to appeal to our vanity. Like the claims of vanity sizing in clothes, where the size in the label is smaller than the actual size of the clothes, I wondered if vanity passport photos are now the latest fad?
What is wrong with the real me? I know I’m not prefect but I also know when I look like a fake version of myself. Reality is not something to be scared of – if we live in a fairytale reality then we learn not to deal with our flaws.
James 1:23-25 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
The truth of how we are may not be as pretty and prefect as the face we want to show to the world, but a dose of reality is more constructive than a fairy tale. While the world looks for false unattainable perfection God encourages us to look at reality. Let me be a person who deals with the truth and is challenged to change rather than being an airbrushed Christian.