Social Media, It’s Not Me
IT IS YOU.
Nobody is obsessed with me.
I don’t get hundreds of likes and comments.
I don’t have millions of followers.
I don’t have flawless pictures.
My life isn’t perfect and I don’t portray it to be.
But you do.
Most of the time, social media makes me feel worse. On any given day, I can see engagement pictures, photography shoots, food placed just right, just the right filter and just the right light, beautiful people and beautiful places.
Social Media never makes me feel good about myself. Never makes me wish for the exact life I have. It makes me wish I had every thing but the exact life I have. That I was somewhere else, with some cute guy, living a life I haven’t been called to live.
In our world full of social media-saturation, obsessiveness and excessiveness of people, places and things, Jesus can hardly be the focus. I leave feeling depleted, empty, sad and unworthy, unfit for this world. Everything Jesus is not, everything opposite of who Jesus tells me I am.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
While social media is not bad in and of itself, are we worshipping it? Are we living to create the perfect Instagram? To get the most likes? To have the “can I be you?” comments? Maybe we’re trying to cover up the life we really have with a life we wish we had and falsely portray on Instagram? Instead of worshipping Christ, leading others to Him and living to be more like Him and living the life He has called us to live?
“each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
“walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called..” Ephesians 4:1-6
My daily life isn’t instagram worthy. I have even found myself recently not taking many pictures at all because seeing, being and loving the people I’m with requires much less picture taking and much more intentionality.
So, social media I’m breaking up with you. I’m going to spend less time focusing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and more time on Jesus, the life He has called me to live and the people He has placed in my life to love.
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.” Romans 12:9-10
Because our Instagrams aren’t going with us to Heaven. Our treasure in Heaven isn’t based on the amount of likes, comments or followers we have on Instagram and it has everything to do with the people we intentionally love, the people we witness to and the people we bring to Christ.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
So instead of feeling inadequate, left out, unfit, unworthy, not enough, I’m going to focus on my Savior who tells me I’m enough, I’m loved, I’m able, I’m worthy, I’m fit, I’m with Him.
“And I will be a Father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
I pray that you find your worth, completion, adequacy, love, ability, and comfort in Jesus and Jesus alone. He is the only one who will fill you, complete you and never let you down. No amount of likes, comments, pictures, or followers will satisfy you the way Christ does! Wishing you had a life like the girl on Instagram will never satisfy you, but walking in a manner worthy of the life He has called you to live will be the most fulfilling life you’ll ever live. Choose Jesus. Choose His Life. Choose His Love. Choose His Way.