When my younger son got married a couple of years ago, they used an incredibly talented photographer named Melissa Breedlove. I was amazed at the quality of her work. Julia and I picked out a few of the pictures from their wedding that we wanted to have printed and framed together in our house. It was only after they arrived, were framed and hung, that we realized that every picture we chose was a candid shot.
I wonder if that's a good analogy of the way each of us chooses to live our life: candid or posed. Do you live posed for the way you want people to see you or is your life a candid representation of who you are? Am I who I want you to think I am or is my life an example of "What you see is what you get"?
In defense of the posed folks (I've been one myself), let me say that there's nothing wrong with putting your best foot forward. Part of being who God created us to be is doing our best and sometimes that can be misconstrued as a pose. I wonder, however, about the frailty of the facade when I see someone strike a pose for the public and then get a glimpse of their candid side that seems to contradict the pose. If God calls us to be anything, He calls us to be authentic.
If God can see through all of this, why would we ever choose to pose for people?