“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
Well, it’s been about a month since I posted last and I must say, it was nice not having to worry about what I was going to write about or what picture I was going to post. (Not that I don’t enjoy it.) It was just a break that happened, and I had no idea I needed it until I started taking it. Ha. Anyone ever have something like that before? A day where your plans didn’t work out and you ended up stuck at home but enjoyed every moment of it? I have always heard “God has a funny way of working.” And I couldn’t agree more. But He also has a way of working in our lives very discretely. He is able to teach us in ways that we never though a lesson could be taught. He is able to transform our hearts through the smallest changes.
Social media is exhausting.
What makes it more tiring though, is when we begin to compare ourselves to everything we see on there. When we try to keep up with someone who is living a totally different lifestyle than us. It is literally impossible. Seriously. Think about it, how can someone who lives paycheck to paycheck keep up with the person who is in a different country every other weekend? How can the person who is a size 16 wear the same pants that the person who is a size 10? How can a person who is 5ft tall pick apples from the tree that the 7ft person can barely pick from?
And that is okay.
God didn’t create us to be able to do everything other people can do. He did not create us to be the same as the people we see around us. Yes, we can be like minded but that does not mean we are to be identical in all things we say or do. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to be embarrassed about. And most definitely nothing to beat ourselves up over.
During this past month I learned what it means to be me. To be present with my family.
To actually capture the moment without actually capturing it on my phone. That is what I needed a break from. The “Hold on, let me record this.” Or the “Let me open Snapchat real quick.” Learn to just be in the moment, not just the one behind the camera.
Just like reality tv is fake so is the majority of what you see on Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat. People only share what they want you to see. Most of the time they share what they think people want to see or what will get them the most likes or attention. But that isn’t real life you guys. It is just not!
So, if you find yourself comparing your life or yourself to what you see online, maybe it is time for you to take a break. Even if you really don’t want to. If you can’t enjoy a simple family day without having to document every single detail, then maybe don’t even bring your phone. What we do reflects on those around us and I know as a mom I take that to heart more now than I ever have before.
I am not saying you can’t snap pictures or record precious moments. I am saying choose wisely on what you share and why you share it. When we share for the wrong reasons we get bummed if only 3 people saw our story. We begin to question why your picture of a real life moment didn’t get 300 real likes from 300 fake people.
3 real likes are better than 500 fake ones.
1 real God is better than millions of fake ones.
“If God answered all your prayers, would the world look different or just your life?” -Dave Willis