Have you noticed how obsessed we are with flaws in other people? The reason I think reality TV has flourished over the last several years is because we really enjoy seeing flaws in other people. Our culture seemingly demands perfection. We try to be perfect at work, perfect with our families and perfect when out in society. We are not perfect, though. We all have areas we need to work on, but we don’t want everyone else to know it. We are afraid we will not be accepted if someone sees our flaws. Instead, we love to see other people mess up. Honestly, it’s a little twisted.
The true reality is that none of us are perfect. We all have flaws. If you are reading this and thinking it doesn’t apply to you because you have it all together, you’re wrong. Just that thought proves my point. We all mess up and every single one of us has areas we need to work on.
We are afraid to let others in. I think we are afraid they will not accept us or love us if they see how flawed we really are. This is a messed up view of love though. Many of us forget that patience is a strong attribute of love. If you don’t believe me look it up. Pull out a bible or find one online and read it. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. Some versions say ‘love never fails.’ Think about it; if a couple has no patience, they will not stay together. Sooner or later their relationship will demand patience and kindness to be given to each other. Anyone who has ever parented a child knows that patience is definitely an attribute of love. We should be offering love to one another. We should be able to see past each other’s faults and see the person within. I think if we started viewing each other differently and began helping each other work through those flaws, the world would be a better place. Maybe we need to keep up with each other instead of the Kardashians. -Tim