Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Like" It or Not

Sometimes I just despise social media. I know, ironic coming from me because that is what I use to get my words out to all of you guys, but seriously, it is the devil. Ever since things like MySpace and Facebook were created, we were thrown into a world of "likes" and comments from behind a computer screen. Cyber bullying blew up more than anyone thought it would. And now. Now things have just gotten out of hand.

Society has become obsessed with recognition for anything that they put out there. They crave the "likes" and now, the "reactions". It comes down to "how many likes did you get on that picture or that post?" It has brought us into such a superficial world. The worst part is that people get upset when they do not get the recognition from the person that they want it from the most. Usually it is a crush, or something like that. No "like" from that significant person and their mind goes into "I'm not pretty enough" or "I'm not good enough".

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

Then they find themselves looking at who their crush "likes" the most stuff from. And then they try to be something they are not. I know, this sounds like an extreme case, but it happens. People get so caught up in everyone needing to "like" this or comment on that. They thrive off of others acceptance of them based on what they put on their wall. And it is not just Facebook, it is Instagram, it is Twitter, it is anywhere that someone can get their voice out there and hide behind a computer and wait for the followers and "likes" to flow in. (I know, that is what a blog is for too. I never said I was perfect.)

These things also lead to jealousy, pride-fullness, hatred, and coveting of our neighbors possessions. Comparing ourselves to someone else's picture they have painted of themselves to the world is tearing ourselves apart.

"Comparison is the thief of joy" -- Theodore Roosevelt

"And He said 'What comes out of a person is what defiles him, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.'" 
Mark 7: 20-23

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

Bottom line- "like" it or not, God loves you. He wants what is best for you. The only "like" or even "love" you should care about is His. These earthly things, they have nothing on what is to come. You can care for them, but do not let comparison to others and trying to put yourself above the rest get you upset or cause you to form a hatred toward someone or multiple people. Everyone has their gifts from God, some may look like more than yours, but God gave you yours for a very important reason. Trust Him. Find the joy in your life, and keep it there by not comparing yourself to others. God created us each unique and for a purpose- in His OWN image. No need for comparison. No need for "likes".

"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
Psalm 139:13-14

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies-- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10-11

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