It’s redundant to say that social media is a big part of our society, everyone knows it, everyone uses it, chances are you clicked to this post from another social media site. We commonly hear about the dangers of social media all dealing with privacy issues, cyberbullying, and the fact that catfishing is a thing. But people forget that sometimes a problem with social media is that it gives us a fake sense of perspective that often alters our feelings and what we expect things to be. Sometimes we forget that life can seem so great online, getting all the likes and comments, but none of that matters if you’re not taking care of your real life.
Let me just say that I love Instagram. There’s nothing I enjoy more than scrolling through my feed and seeing perfectly framed pictures of nature, people, and of course, cups of coffee. Instagram is great but if you think about it, its whole premise is to post pictures and get likes and show whatever it is you want to show the world.
[We find pleasure in posting things and measuring our likes and seeing who liked what. It’s a small sense of pride that we get thinking that this one picture can portray our lives in a completely different light, and people are interested in.
I want to focus on the first part of Proverbs 31:30, which says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.” What this is trying to say is that we may hold these things and believe that they can make us, however, eventually it runs out and what is left is who we really are inside.
I’m guilty of posting things, such as my toffee lattes from Alta, when I’m with my friends. It may look great, but no one knows that those were the days that I would sit and vent about the stress I was feeling or how I felt I wanted to give up. The comments would start to roll in and for an instant, it gave me a satisfaction, although things, in reality, weren’t really that great.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still posting things on Instagram, but I’m not going to go out of my way to set up the perfectly crafted picture and waiting for just the right amount of likes so I can move on with my life. The whole point is to not get consumed with making your online life look absolutely amazing just for show when you are avoiding your struggles of real life. God has the last word on what our lives turn out to be. Although getting the attention of people, He gives our life meaning.
My worth should not be measured by the number of followers I have or if I look like I’m having the time of my life. Eventually, your pictures will be forgotten, filled with other moments. Don’t assume things about other people’s lives just from social media, no matter how it looks online, nobody has it all together, and that’s okay.
We put our lives for all to see in a way that is not real just so people can get interested in us, but as God wants for us without having to do an act. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. ” God does not need us to put our lives in a perfect for Him to wants us, He just loves us because He is good.
It’s hard to not feel a pang of jealousy when someone’s pictures look like perfect in every way but always look at Proverbs 31:30 and remember that social media cannot dictate who you are, and if it’s really affecting you, then it’s time to take a break from it. Always remember that God has a plan for our lives and things are going to get hard but we shouldn’t have to worry about how it looks to other people.
Is social media something you struggle with? What are some things you do to separate your online life to your real life?