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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