So, I caved. Crossed to the Dark Side. Gave in. Joined the obsession.
Whatever you want to call it…I joined SnapChat.
Now, I wish I could say it was for some really authorly reason. That my audience lies in that direction of the interwebs, or that I’ve discovered some new marketing breakthrough…but, alas, nope.
I joined SnapChat because I wanted to. Because when I’ve seen people using it, there’s something unrestrained and joyful about it. And as an author, who is always trying to think through how to reach multiple audiences with my posts…that appealed to me. That simplicity.
That raw, real approach. Okay, as real as you get on Social Media.
Now that’s not to say that I won’t be connecting with readers and writers on SnapChat. I will. Becuase it’s a part of who I am, and those people are my people. But I’m going to try and not let that be my sole focus. No, one thing that I’ve learned in the very short time I’ve been on SnapChat is that life is a snapshot. It’s a snap. A moment of time, all strung together.
And often, those moments aren’t pristine or perfectly lit or lyrically worded. They just are.
They’re you, and me. The moments in time that shape us, and break us.
And often, I’m guilty of missing them. Or thinking that some are worth more than others because I slide them through a filter or take ten minutes composing a striking post. Neither of those are necessarily bad on their own, but they shouldn’t cancel out the moments in between. The unrestrained snapshots that aren’t perfect, but are beautiful all the same.
The moments I so often overlook or take for granted.
That’s what SnapChat has been teaching me. To see every moment as a gift, and to find ways to share the special moments, the God-things as I like to call them, that are small whispers of hope. Messy, glorious whispers.
For example, here are a few moments that I’ve shared on SnapChat recently. On Instagram, I probably would have shared one of these, and tried to get just the right shot…but on Snapchat, I suddenly realized how special each of these moments is. Just like the images shown in the app, they’re only there for a second, so I wanted to enjoy them–and share that joy with some of my friends. 🙂
Or a quiet moment writing by a creek…
Each of these moments is blurred and splotched and imperfect…but somehow special in their imperfection. Their human-ness. Because that’s exactly how He gives us these moments, to enjoy them even though we are so flawed and fading. To make the most of each snapshot, each second He gives us, to live in the here and now.
So I hope that I can live every second like its a fading moment captured on SnapChat, like its a snapshot in a photo album, because ultimately it’s these moments that we live to the fullest that are going to leave an imprint on Earth. Its these collection of snapshots, woven into a single image, that will tell of His glory, and that we never missed a moment. 🙂
How about you? Anyone else on SnapChat out there? What are your thoughts on living every moment to the fullest?