There is no shortage of ideas, pictures, or opinions available to us at a moment’s notice. I know, that is so 10 seconds ago. I enjoy going on Facebook and “catching up” on people’s lives. I love to post silly things my girls say or pictures of their cute faces. But, I must admit, there are times when social media does not serve my soul.
I can be tempted to compare myself with other’s lives, gifting, and looks. “Wow, my new friend that I haven’t seen in 20 years looks amazing….how does she find time to work out so much…guess I should put these chips away.” “Oh my, she made that for her children for Easter…she is truly amazing…..my poor deprived children.” “She’s in Hawaii again….her life seems so easy….better go scrub the toilets.” “They all went out together…..wow, I wasn’t invited.” Sinful comparison and self-pity are the enemies of gratefulness and contentment.
It’s not that there is something inherently wrong with social media. But Scripture clearly teaches that there is something inherently wrong with us. That is indwelling sin. And while I have been tempted to close my Facebook account on several occasions, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest aren’t the problem; it’s my lack of gospel clarity when I engage with them.
When I am unfazed by the grace that God has shown me in saving me from his wrath, I can be quick to compare myself with others and charge God with the perceived shortage. I must go in with a plan. I have to appeal to God for wisdom so these things that can be fun and beneficial don’t become a stumbling block to my soul.
1. Be grateful for the life that God has given.
2. Don’t use social media as an escape.
3. Sincerely, rejoice with those who rejoice.
4. Facebook isn’t devotions, even if we’ve read or posted something about God.
5. Ask the Lord for grace to be honest and wise about social networking’s affect on your life.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalm 16:5-11 ESV)