The world likes a tidy image to categorize us in but God has no such desire. In fact, He is much more interested in authenticity vs “image” and reality vs the “picture in our head” of what and who we think we are supposed to be.
Jesus does not expect you to create a perfect picture of a good life.
Instead He invites you to live your real life with Him involved in it everyday.
“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”. (1 Peter 5:6, 7 MSG)
Let go of the image of you think you need to be and embrace who you are. God does. Let go of the picture of where you are supposed to be and embrace where you are. God is there with you.
Start enjoying the reality of your life instead of being discontent that it doesn’t fit the “image” of what you think it should look like.
In fact, the more you let go of that “image”, the more you are able to thrive in the life God has given you. Since you are not spending all your time and energy trying to “shine it up” and make life “look right”, simply enjoy who you are and what you have.
Are you miserable because you are trying to live up an unauthentic image?
What would happen if you let go of it and asked God to help you love who you are, where you are and what you have got?