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Psalm 20:7 – Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. (NRSV)

A few months ago, I stopped going on social media. I got to the point where I could not see another Instagram pose — the kind with the phone held up in front of a mirror, hip to the side, complete with a pouty lip, or the photo exemplifying a person's posterior, with a peach emoji next to it!

We live in a society that encourages self-promotion and narcissism as a measurement of popularity. Unrealistic beauty and partner ideals, material acquisitions, and exotic travel locations are blatantly advertised as goals that should be achieved in order to live an accomplished life. Failing to fulfill any or all of these requirements leaves one feeling insecure and worthless, and constantly comparing.

However, where is God in all of this? Why isn't He presented as a goal to social media followers, especially to our more easily impressed youth?

Turning off my notifications has brought a stillness into my life. Free of distractions, I can hear God more clearly. He tells me that He loves me, that He is my provider, and that His truth guides my way.

I may live in this world, but I don't have to yield under its pressures. In God do I put my trust and confident reliance, and not in superficial conformities. With this revelation, I feel set free from society's expectations.

Do you live your life according to how society says you should live it? Do you go on Facebook or Instagram and compare yourself to others? Do you constantly check how many likes your latest tweet or post received?

Friends, if you find that the things of this world are taking priority over God's values, spend time in prayer with Him and ask Him to help you re-focus your eyes on Him. What the world says about you is not important; only God's opinion matters!

Prayer: Wonderful Lord, help us to not prioritize the ideals and expectations of this world. Instead, may we hold You first in our hearts, for You give us love, truth, and life. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Dear Madeline,
    Hallelujah! Amen!

    Perfectly said! Thank you.
    (Texas, USA)

    Amen Sister! My hope is in the Lord. Thank you.

    Madeline, thank you for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Excellent, Madeline. So very true and I am not on fab very much!

    Today’s devotional was down to earth and clear about social media. We do not need it.

    It is true, Madeline, that even neutral things can be used for bad purposes. Thanks for sharing.

    Well said Madeline and so true.
    Thank you and may God bless you richly.
    (Quebec, Canada)

    Amen, Madeline. Such a useful and necessary admonition today. Grateful for this share of your understanding.

    Thank you, Madeline, for your wonderful devotional. It was very encouraging. May God richly bless you and your family.

    Great post, Madeline. I will share it with my older students at Sunday School as social media often affects young people negatively. Thank you and God bless!

    Hello Madeline,
    How liberating it is when we really understand who we are in Christ and because we are in Christ understand how God views us. Thank you for writing.

    Hello my friend,
    This is so current for sure and how true…
    Thank you for sharing this and for giving us all something to think and pray about.
    God bless.

    Thanks for another devotional. You surely do a lot of writing and keeping up with publications. Somehow, I like the NIV translation of Psalm 20:7 with the emphasis of “trust” rather than the emphasis of “pride”. Keep on writing those interesting thoughts.

    Thank you, Madeline. This is so true. Two days ago, I was walking behind a young woman in a store. She popped up her phone and took a selfie for apparently no reason and kept walking. I imagine it will appear on Instagram… here I am walking through the hardware store!

    Amen Madeline. This is a lesson l remind myself of over and over again! It is only pleasing God and His opinion of me that truly matters and indeed knowing this truth does set us free to be who we are meant to be to do what we are meant to do in Him.

    Dear Madeline,
    What a refreshing action to take about social media. There is such freedom in not being tied to the world news, the games, and the manipulation to be self-centered and self-serving. Good for you, in Jesus name. Freedom in the Lord is such a blessing. Thank you.

    Hello Madeline,
    Thank you for writing this devotional and expressing the fact that we need to put our loving God foremost in our lives and not get derailed with all the worldly things that are so readily at the click of a button these days.
    Blessings to you for your thoughts in writing,

    Hi Madeline,
    Your devotional was so beautifully said. I totally agree with you. I was blessed, a few years ago now, to be myself not what others expected me to be or to follow a certain crowd. That’s when I truly became happy. That’s how God wants me to be. I live for Him. He is my best friend. I think He loves me just the way I am and that is in giving Him the glory always and for everything.

    Well said, Madeline! Even for those of us not so technologically advanced, we are bombarded with the world’s priorities and distractions. Yours is a good call to keep our eyes fixed upon our Lord, and congratulations in taking the step which has brought a greater measure of peace to you!

    Dear Madeline,
    Thanks so very much for the thought-provoking devotional today! I am of the older generation and haven’t progressed to very much on the internet. I keep busy enough with what I feel is God’s agenda for my life. And it is so fulfilling!
    May God constantly overwhelm you with the love, joy and peace that only He can provide! May His very best be yours!
    Philippians is my favourite book. Phil. 4:23 (THE MESSAGE)

    I practice JOMO. the “joy of missing out “. I have a flip phone only.
    Tried a smart phone, could not figure it out and got my money back. I watch my spouse and so many others immediately run to their device as soon as it rings, chimes, or buzzes. At that particular moment nothing else matters, they must respond and complete the task at hand and totally ignore me or whoever they had been previously engaged with. Not to mention everything you put out there leaves you vulnerable to whomever would take advantage and/or hack in. No thanks. Try JOMO.

    Thank you very much for this devotional and God Bless.

    I’ve never been part of social media, but you don’t have to be, to see it all! I wholeheartedly agree with every word you say! This is a great piece, Madeline, well done!

    Thank you for your insight regarding our current sense of what some seem to think has value vs. Who truly does matter?
    Today as I listen to the Canadian news and see that some may be willing to pay in excess of $6,000 to see the Raptors basketball team play, I feel sad. I think of all the ordinary families who might like to see the game with their children and will be shut out because of the silly prices being charged for a game. While this may have nothing to do with our Christian faith, it is a sad reflection on our society and what is currently deemed to be of value.
    Kind regards and blessings,
    (Ontario Canada)

    Hi Madeline
    I really like your devotional. I think you are right on about living in a society about self-promotion etc. Well said. Keep up the good work.

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