(I don’t know why this has bothered me for the past couple days, but it has, and that’s probably a fault that I need to think about more and work on.)
I was at a local event last week chatting with a lot of friends and somehow the subject of my sunset photos on Twitter came up. I tend to post maybe 2-4 sunset photos per week, like the panorama photo that I shared tonight:
What bothered me in the conversation was that a couple friends referred to my sunset photo-sharing as a “humblebrag” — i.e., bragging while trying to make it look like you’re not bragging. They were probably just joking or giving me a hard time, but the reality is that jokes like that usually come from a place of honesty.
And it bothers me that anyone thinks I’m showing off or showing how cool/great our new house is, or whatever it is that gives off the impression of bragging. Ugh. That’s not at all the case.
The reason I post the sunset photos on Twitter is twofold:
One, my boss Danny Sullivan often posts sunset photos near his house in Newport Beach, Calif., and I told him I was going to challenge him all summer for best sunset photos.
Two, and much more importantly, I post those photos to share how amazing God is. We go to church on Sundays, but the rest of the week, our back patio — and that sunset view — becomes like church for me. I can just sit there and think and be in awe of the beauty.
It’s not that I’m trying to show off how great I am, or how great our house/view is … I’m trying to show how great God is. He’s the one that created it. He’s the one that put us in position to live in this home. He’s the one that deserves all the glory.
So … yeah. Like I said, I probably shouldn’t be bothered about it like I was. I need to work on that. And I will.