Women of the world often suffer in pain, agonized by environmental pressures. In magazines, we see "WHO WORE IT BETTER?", featuring celebrities wearing identical outfits, pitted against one another to sell more magazines. We have PINTREST via social media to showcase the most beautiful, most organized, most well put together of everything imaginable from baby parties to drapery designs. Everywhere there are reminders of how someone else has it better, does it better, is better. It is no wonder our children live on Snapchat and Instagram, constantly comparing themselves to what someone else is pretending to be like, act like, feel like, dream like. In an instant, they can check the pulse of the world and be reminded of just how well everyone else has it, does it, or desires it.
Once we were in the midst of a lavish exotic vacation, looking at Instagram, my then 14 year old said, "but look Sarah is in London, wow, I wish we were in London". I wanted to pop her in the mouth mid-sentence. But I know that is the world we live in and it can suck. It makes people want more of everything.
Joyce pretended often to others that her life was fine and dandy. She projected a perfect existence on the outside while her mind raced with bouts of insanity on the inside. I don't know if Joyce was crazy, but she was far from all right. And sadly surrounded by people she called friends, no one seemed to notice.
I started a ministry to change that. No more Joyce's feeling like they have to pretend to be someone they are not. We all are Joyce. While no one wants to show and tell all their business, no one wants to suffer alone either. Women have more in common with one another than they know, and I am going to prove it.
We should be willing and able to share our triumphs and our tragedies. We should work together to build one another up and catch each other as we fall. That's what we have been doing since the beginning of time. And we survived quite well without PINTREST, VOGUE, INSTAGRAM and SNAPCHAT. Thank you very much.
Live your awesome life is not a slogan. It is not an aspiration. It is a calling cry for all especially women. We are better than our circumstance and when we have slips in our step we know how to stand back to our feet and keep on stepping.
If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, 2 complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. 3 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but the interests of others as well (Philippians)