When thinking about social media lately, I have realized some truths that are not pretty. I thought I would share them with you. When it all comes down to it, sometimes we do things more out of MOTIVE, AGENDA and SHOW than we do for honest living.
As I have considered it more, it kind of makes me sick. For though social media can be a wonderful thing…I even wrote a list on Facebook before I left of the things I would most miss (eg. praying for others and caring for others, seeing their pictures and celebrating when they or their family succeeded in something, and just plain laughing really hard at the comedy of some of my awesome story-telling friends)…social media is also the narcissists’ dream.
Hey LOOK AT ME!
SEE ME NOW?
DON’T YOU WISH YOU WERE HERE?
DON’T YOU WISH YOU WERE ME???
For real, I have done all of this. You may have, too. Have you ever…
Chosen a restaurant with your family for the Instagram picture you could take? I have.
Taken a picture of someone, who just got hurt, before actually caring for their needs? I have.
Bragged about your upcoming trip and then rubbed it in with picture upon picture upon picture? I have.
Cast a negative light on someone else in a showy way of see how good I am and how bad THEY are? I have.
Wrote something, just to start a fight? I have.
Or even written a post to make someone feel a little-tiny-bit bad about what they did? Yep.
Deep down, it gets pretty ugly sometimes, doesn’t it? But let’s be honest. Sometimes we participate in social media more to make ourselves feel better about ourselves and mentally make a list of how so many others are doing worse than we are.
So over the past week, I have actually not taken pictures of cool things.
I have experienced them!
And I have not written about some things.
They are mine to treasure.
And I really don’t want to feel better about myself at the expense of others.
Sometimes, I’ve just gotta get low…and humble…and confess. I can be pretty awful. I have been. I will be again.
But THANKS BE TO GOD, He doesn’t leave me to my own devices!
And THANKS BE TO GOD that He loves me enough to change me.
ALSO? THANKS BE TO GOD for prayer…for I spend some time telling God on people when they intentionally hurt me or hurt others or try to play games or try to control. I TATTLE ON THEM. to God. Not to Facebook. Or Twitter. Or even here in this ol’ blog.
Maybe just maybe, we need to take a step back and take a look at why we post what we do…what is our hoped for outcome?
Maybe, that will help us post things that are edifying, meaningful and note-worthy–celebratory even!
Finally, I saw a squirrel today at a French restaurant. As I sat outside on the lovely fall day, I smelled the crisp air. Took in every turning tree. And I talked to the squirrel for about fifteen minutes. If you look closely in the far-off flower pot of this picture, you may see him.
I am having marvelous time off the grid. Yep, I am!
Father, I thank You for calling us on our games. I ask You, Jesus, to make us new, to renew our hearts and minds in You. Holy Spirit, please convict us when we start heading the wrong way–make ALL our motives pure. And Lord, help us, rather than to judge and compare, to pray for one another…and so fulfill Your calling on our lives. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.