This morning Shane and I caught up on a past sermon at Life.Church called #Struggles. As we were flipping around, I wasn’t sure which episode to click on or really any direction I was being pulled. But to be completely honest, being a blogger, and a twenty-something female, I saw a hashtag (yup being honest!) and knew it would probably relate to me.
The sermon was all about how do we stay Christ centered in a social media world. I loved it because Craig doesn’t dislike social media. In fact, life church offers alot of free and amazing resources through social media, like church online, the YouVersion Bible App, and other online resources (#notsponsored #onlybygod). Today we did discuss how social media can hurt us without us even realizing it.
I’m sure you are thinking, why would a blogger write about the perils of social media? Don’t you live for social media? And shouldn’t you probably delete all of your apps right this very moment? Yes, I enjoy and use social media daily. Through my own #struggles, I feel like I have a pretty good reach on social media vs. real life. Today’s sermon gave me some really great pointers because I do find myself getting caught up in it, the coveting, the comparing, the quest perfection. That has to stop for you, and me, right now. Here are the points that really reached me today:
- Do I follow people for the right reasons? Do these feeds hurt my soul? Wow. This may sound super drastic to some of you! But we have to remember that the things we take in every single day affect us. What we hear, taste, see all create an impact on our well being. I know I have followed people and read blogs that have made me feel not good enough. I like to think I am a very well adjusted person, but some feeds and blogs send me straight into the comparison game. For me “fake” feeds and blogs (where I can’t get a feel for who the real person is) often leave me thinking they have a perfect life. It’s not logical, no one has a perfect life, but in that moment that is what I feel. When I took those feeds I felt myself become much happier.
- Don’t compare your behind the scenes to some else’s highlight reel. What a perfect way to say that. Even on this blog I know that majority of the pictures I post are happy, beautiful, and often staged scenes. Not all but I will definitely say some are! Shane and I both laugh after a “photoshoot” for an outfit because there are often hilarious and unflattering outtakes of me shooing an animal out of the picture, talking, or just being a straight goofball. Being a blogger helps me know everyone has these problems. Everyone knows what they look like when their front camera is accidentally turned on. You know what I’m talking about.
- If you live for affirmation, you will die from the absence of it. We all know how great it is to be liked. Awesome. On social media, you can easily post a picture and get likes. It gives you a small boost of “yay! I’m liked! I’m approved of!” when that happens. But that should never, ever be your base of self worth. This leads me to the last and most important part…
- FInd approval through God’s everlasting love. No matter what anyone else tells you in this world, you are made in God’s perfect and beautiful design. He has had you in his grand slam plan for some time now, and you need to trust that! Identify through God and love. Take a moment and ask God to help you fully accept who you are, and who he wants you to be.
Social media is a wonderful way to connect to others and should be utilized. But do not let it harm you and do not use it as a mask to wear. You are so beautiful how you are. I have been able to connect to so many wonderful people through blogging and social media. Let it be a forum to build one another up!
On this blog I hope to always inspire others, not compare them. I hope to connect to others who share the same passions as I do. I hope to help put a little fun back in life. Let’s go through these #struggles together.