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May 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

How has social media made an impact on your life?



Lately my son has been asking about setting up an Instagram account because, you know, everyone else in eighth grade has been on Instagram since third grade, and he’s the only one (I highly doubt it) that isn’t connected. This issue weighs heavy on my heart. On the one hand, I know it will happen eventually because that’s just the world we live in. On the other hand, I worry about the pressure of keeping up, fitting in, or being “Liked” to fall on my son so soon.

 

We all do this, don’t we? Post a picture and feel better about ourselves with every “Like” we receive. Maybe not, but if we didn’t care even the slightest bit, would we have posted the picture at all?  I’m not trying to bash social media or say that sharing our lives online with friends and family is a bad thing. However, when we receive our worth from the opinions of others that is a sure sign that something isn’t right. After all, who is it we are really trying to please?

 

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

 

We try so hard to be that picture of perfection, don’t we? Rarely do we share an unglued moment on social media. Typically we post our children’s accomplishments rather than their failures; that awesome vacation opposed to the time we could barely make the mortgage; or a happily married couple instead of two broken people.

 

Healing from the brokenness of this mad world doesn’t come through our social status. There will never be enough “likes” to right all the wrong. Neither will it come by trying to convince others that we have it all together.  The lives we watch through social media aren’t perfect; neither is our own. Though there is a Perfecter who says we can come just as we are, in all our imperfections. We don’t have to hide behind pretend smiles. He already knows our pain.

 

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:17-18

 

In my own brokenness, I choose to trust God because He chose to break the body of His own son so that I could be made right with Him. It is in God’s righteousness that I learn to live a whole life and find sanity in this mad world.  How has social media made an impact on your life? Do you find your worth in the opinions of others?  Do you feel pressured to keep up?  If our desire for approval (to be “liked”) was found in God alone, where do you believe freedom would be found?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, You are the only One trustworthy enough to supply the healing this broken world truly needs. Lord help me to trust that, though the road may be narrow, Your way leads to life everlasting.  Jesus I believe that freedom awaits when I let go of my own standards, ideas, and practices and submit to You completely.  In Your name, Amen.


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