We’ve all seen them. Those shows labeled, the real housewives of whatever– or the one where someone supposedly survives life in the jungle in nothing but short shorts and teeth whitener. You know what I’m talking about.
Yet, not one depicts reality.
Full of editing and cuts and camera breaks, those who are living reality in front of us are doing so in a bubble.
And though we know reality TV isn’t real, we continue to buy it.
My Life Played Out on Reality TV
Filtering our own lives through what we see on television or even what we presume about our neighbor, can easily define our own daily lives as mundane and somehow lacking.
We assume the grass is greener.
When we engulf ourselves in these larger than life stories, we begin to view our own lives as something less than it is. We make unrealistic comparisons about our lifestyles, our bodies, our attire–even our spouses and children–that can lead to a downward spiral of dissatisfaction.
We soon lose sight of our purpose.
Watching the nonsense of these real-life dramas we begin to live vicariously through the television, dreaming we too could wear those high heels, take leisurely lunches to talk about nothing, and go on exotic dates with the most eligible bachelor–of course, forgetting the other dozen girls he took out last week.
Over time, we lose sight of our own purpose in exchange for theirs. And so far, I haven’t seen any of them taking trips to feed the hungry or house the homeless.
We finally begin living for a false future instead of enjoying the reality of today.
We become the star of our own reality show. And just as all the others, our new reality will lead to drama that’s filled with mascara-smeared faces, cat fights, and a life over the edge.
We then ignore the blessings.
So distracted by the dramatic lives of others, we forget the blessings we’re living out in the day to day. Hopefully, you aren’t scavenging for food on a remote island or ripping out clumps of some girl’s hair while everyone watches, to be replayed over and over on some past episode.
Your reality is much better than that. Your purpose is far greater than drama played out on television for someone’s empty entertainment.
Today, let’s live in reality.
Let’s enjoy the blessings of a real life led by a real God who gives us a real purpose that far exceeds anything this world could conjure up or imagine.
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Sherry Carter says
My life on reality TV – what a scary thought. Talk about BORING!!
“a real life led by a real God who gives us a real purpose.” I love it!
Crystal Green says
Such a well written post! We definitely have a lot to gain from living “a real life led by a real God who give us a real purpose.” When he’s in control things are a lot smoother and easier to handle.