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Showing the Whole Picture

Have you ever experienced something that hit so close to home you found yourself saying, “That’s me.”

This happened last week when I read a post by Sandrah, at OneMunchingMama. Her masterful piece, A Part of the Picture describes how we often show others only the parts of our life we want them to see.

⏪ to Wednesday night.

I’m standing before my church choir conducting the anthem for Sunday worship. Our regular director, my musical mentor, just handed the rehearsal over to me.

But it’s been a long day. I’m emotionally drained and am just not feeling it. Despite being qualified for the task, my self-confidence is near zero.

“Don’t let them see it,” I say to myself. I rehearse the anthem and return to my comfortable seat in the tenor section.

We’re afraid to show the parts of our life that are still under construction.

Sandrah, from OneMunchingMama

⏩ to Sunday.

Our music director is out of town and I’m leading. As choir members trickle in, one of the sopranos comes up to my wife and me. She takes us each by the hand and prays: “Heavenly Father, help David as he leads today.” That was thoughtful.😊

Later, one of the altos says, “You’re doing a great job. Don’t worry too much about what others think.”

⏸ Uh oh. They know!

The worship service goes according to plan. Afterwards, a friend from the bass section, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, says “You can lead, David, but you don’t always think you can.”


Kind reader, the people who know and love you best are well aware of your shortcomings. Yet they accept you anyway. Today, and every day, don’t be afraid to let the whole picture show. Those that truly matter don’t mind.

But wait, there’s more! God knows and loves you, too.

I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3b (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

37 replies on “Showing the Whole Picture”

It can be a challenge to know how much of our personal lives to share with others. I’ve over shared before and gotten burned, but under shared and lost relevancy. It’s like a roll of the dice 🎲 🎲 either way. I aim to be genuine; perhaps that’s enough?

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I had my students give me a piece of advice at the beginning of the year. No discussion. They just wrote it down. A number of them said, “Be real with us.” I’ve gone back and forth from year to year with how much I share with students. I’ve been mentored to keep my personal life personal. In my experience, students (friends) appreciate and relate more to the whole picture.

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“Kind reader, the people who know and love you best are well aware of your shortcomings. Yet they accept you anyway. Today, and every day, don’t be afraid to let the whole picture show. Those that truly matter don’t mind.

But wait, there’s more! God knows and loves you, too”

And isn’t that so tremendously encouraging!?!

Andy B

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Thanks David. I agree with this post entirely. I think we can all identify with it. And this…

“Those that truly matter don’t mind.
But wait, there’s more! God knows and loves you too.”
Yes, this is so important to remember! 🙏🏾

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I am grateful to hear that the thoughts God brought to my mind resonated with you, as well. I never cease to be amazed at how He connects us all together and then ultimately to Him!
Close friends who know us well? It’s like God in flesh, lifting us up with encouragement. So glad you experienced this!

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“Hard row to hoe,” my grandmother used to say that!

Showing vulnerability, particularly in a work place setting can be risky. But it still beats putting on airs.

Thanks for sharing, Pastor Pete. God Bless.

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Vulnerabilities. We suffer the most when we try to hide them. And yet we all know we have them. Like you said to me once, “We all have clay feet.” Thanks for this, David. Great job in reminding us that the Lord removed the veil. God bless, brother!

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