Today I complete a full week without social media. No pictures, no posts, no checking on other people’s businesses.
One thing I can tell you for sure is that I feel “free”. I feel free because I needed to have my phone next to me all day (not really sure why but I had to) . I feel free from feeling that everyday I needed to do something worthy to be posted. I feel free because from now on I will know who my “true friends” are because they will contact me when they want to talk. I feel free because my kids have my full attention. I feel free because no one is watching me.
This list could go on and on…
Don’t take me wrong, no doubt about the power of social media in the business realm. But at the same time that social media connects us, it disconnects as well. When was the last time you called your friend and told them you missed them? When was the last time you called your cousin that lived far away and is dear to your heart? Wouldn’t you agree that the quality of our conversations are becoming a bit shallow lately?
Since I stopped logging in I have had way more time to actually look on my contacts and find friends that I haven’t talked with for quite a while. They were always liking my pictures so I felt as if they knew how my life was going but did they really? Isn’t this new way to connect a little bit cold? God warns us in the Bible that “…the love of most will grow cold…” (Matthews 24:12) and I feel like this is actually happening.
Now I’m guilty of posting pictures of myself and my family (several actually). I loved to share the blessings He was pouring out on us. But what if I was struggling and miserable? Lonely and hopeless? How would that make me feel if someone else was doing the same? I started asking myself that and also if I was pleasing God (by writing a little “#thankGod on it) or if that post was actually just pleasing me and my ego.
Everyone is happy, everyone is beautiful, everyone is trying to be better….and for what reason? What are we trying to prove and to who? Galatians 1:10 says; “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
People pleasing is a trap. It steals our true identity. We start living to conform and we forget who we really are. We compare, we get depressed. We hear everyone’s voice but THE voice that will take us somewhere is practically unhearable.
We will never feel complete unless we are living and fulfilling God’s plans for our lives.
God has placed you where you are right now. He placed the people He wants you to impact around you. He gave your family to you. Your friends. Your kids if you have them. Your life is your life. Live it. BE PRESENT. Be thankful. Give your loved ones your time. Pray for them. Pray with them. Look for ways to bless them. Don’t be “too busy” for them. You have an UNIQUE assignment and you are the ONLY one that can do it!
“The days are long but the years are short”. Don’t let anything steal your life away. May we all have a blessed 2018 full of challenges and spiritual growth! May we teach our next generation the true meaning of love and relationships.
To His Glory,