Can I be real for a second? Comparison truly is the thief of joy. This photo may appear to be a candid capture of a romantic evening in Venice, a picture perfect moment. NOPE SORRY. I literally wore this dress for 5 minutes and then it started POURING RAIN and my dress was whipping around wildly in the wind and I was trying to hold it down like Marilyn Monroe style as we raced for cover and we were so soggy just like the soggy dinner we had right after that which had anchovies in it and I'm still not sure how I choked it down. THAT was my reality! This is why comparing ourselves to someone else's social media highlight reel is so very dangerous. The seemingly "candid" and perfect moments we edit, filter, purposefully caption, and share strategically leave out our anchovy dinners, bad days, failures, our weaknesses, our struggles and problems- essentially everything that makes us human and real. I'm not saying we should complain or be negative, I just think we should be cautious when we place our backstage selves side by side with someone else's spotlight moments. The more time I spend on social media, looking around me, the more the adversary starts to whisper lies into my ear that make me feel like what I have isn't enough. The words of Yoon Hwan Choi always fill my mind: "Don't look around, look up!" The deepest, most precious, and most hilarious moments of our human experience happen off screen and off camera. If you struggle with this like I often do, please don't ever compare yourself to anyone in this online world and become insecure or dissatisfied; it's just not real. Take breaks often from your phone if you need to. See things as they truly are. No one is perfect, and true joy is found in our own imperfect, everyday, sometimes stormy reality. We can't trust instagram or vloggers or anything else that is totally edited and potentially deceptive to find our worth. We can always look up to God to teach us about who we are, the blessings we have, and how we can please and serve Him and each other. I love you all, and I know you value authenticity because I do and that's why I gave the "authentic Venetian" anchovies a chance. 🤢Don't look around, look up!