A read a blog post recently about women and why we are ultimately afraid of building relationships with other women and one of the main reasons being
And I feel like we live in a constant state of comparison, or at least I know I sure do. Whether it’s trying to make our lives seem more interesting with the edited pictures we post on Instagram or the constant refreshing of Twitter to see if someone posted something or are they doing something that we aren’t. We are continually comparing our lives to others and this is doing nothing but tearing each other down. Not building each other up like we are called to do(1 Thessalonians 5:11).
I do believe social media can be used to build others up and encourage them and while I try not to post things that will lead to others comparing themselves I know it happens. And I know that the photo that my friend posted showing what cool things she did for the day wasn’t meant to make me feel like less because I didn’t do a single thing today, but it did.
So my challenge for you is what is social media doing in your life? Is it building you up and encouraging you or do you use it as a comparison? Comparing your life with others? As Theodore Roosevelt once said,
“Comparison is a thief of joy”
So don’t let comparison steal your joy.
For now, the bads of social media are far out weighing the goods so I’m going to be taking a break. This past summer not having a phone and disconnecting from social media was one of the best things and so I’m going to disconnect for awhile. See ya later social media apps!
This summer I built relationships with the ladies I worked with because of who they are and because of a genuine desire to know them and not because of what they posted on Facebook or Instagram. I want to know more about people than just what they twitter or post. And not compare my life to theirs but to encourage and build one another up and talk about life and current stuggles
My prayer during this time is that instead of constantly refreshing my social media and looking for joys and fulfillment in how many likes or favorites I got, that I would spend that time focusing on building relationships with those around me and strengthening my relationship with out Heavenly Father. So here’s to more journaling, finishing all those books I started and never completed, spending time with friends, and digging into The Word. I want to live with the joy that I experienced this summer. The joy that truly comes from Christ and freedom in Him and not live in constant comparison of my life to others.
// Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in. Let love come teach me who You are again. Take me back to the place where my heart was only about You and all I wanted was just to be with You. Come and do whatever You want to // Bethel Music
**I wrote this about 2 weeks ago but because of some prior commitments that needed social media it has been delayed. I may on occasion pop back in because of the need to post for for church or work but the apps are being deleted for now.