WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!
I didn’t think I would be one of those people. The kind who gets tongue-tied and nervous around someone they admire. I’ve met my share of high ranking, impressively titled individuals without so much as a tremor in my voice or a shake in my hand.
But when you put me in a room full of several hundred people for a weekend, I start to get a little overwhelmed. And when I get overwhelmed, I get nervous. And when I get nervous and force myself to go say “hello” to someone I admire greatly, I act like a nerd. One who loses all knowledge of the English language, who has eyes that suddenly tear up at the smallest kind word, and yes…the one who pulls out the camera phone for a quick photo.
Why is it that I can give a presentation to a CEO but I lose brain cells when I meet someone like Lisa-Jo?
Those other fancy-shmancy people were awesome and I loved meeting them. But they didn’t impact my heart. They didn’t take time to encourage me. They likely wouldn’t have responded to a Tweet, or paid attention to my comment on a blog post. This photo? I get a little emotional when I look at it, because at first glance I see two friends. And my heart loves that thought. To think that this was the first time we’d met, and to see now how God ordained our paths to cross – to look at how I’ve been mentored, cheered, prayed for, raised up by this amazing sister in Christ? It’s more than my heart can handle.
There are a lot of conferences coming up. Declare (which I’ll be writing more about Wednesday!) is just a few weeks away. Allume, just a few months. Maybe I’ll meet you there … and quite likely I’ll forget how to speak, I’ll probably forget your name, and unless you wear the same outfit all weekend, I might even forget that I just had dinner with you the night before. But under it all? It’s because you matter to me. The sweet friendships I’ve made online, the women who have held my family in prayer when I had no words, the ones who check in and stay and commit and believe in me and my words. So, in case I forget to say it when we meet?
Alright friends! It’s your turn to link up. Now, remember the number one rule of a fun linky- make sure you visit the person who linked up before you & leave them a little love on their post! (even if you just say “hey! great photo – stopping over from Crystal Stine’s blog!…it’s ok..you can copy/paste that. I won’t tell.)