WHY I'M NOT OK & WHY I DARE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL
I am a natural competitor and was raised in a home where you do anything win. If it was family game night and you were on dad's team, you better be damn sure that he would cheat if need be for his team to get the W. Now sure it was all fun and games and we would laugh when Dad got caught, (which he always did), but the point is not the cheating, the point is that in honest fun, we were trained to win. As the infamous Ricky Bobby said, 'If you ain’t first you last!'
Now this influence isn't solely due to my competitive parents who made game night extra entertaining, it comes from every single thing around us, and is even more prevalent today. As Americans we constantly measure every detail of our lives.
- How many followers do you have?
- Are you wearing the latest trends?
- How is your fantasy team doing?
- How is your professional team doing?
- How's your weight these days?
- What part of town do you live in?
- How often are you on social media simply to compare your likes with someone else’s?
- How many people follow you?
- How often do you attend events simply to fit in and be the cool kid?
- When people ask you how you're doing, how many times do you lie about your situation to sound better?
This is true for every circle, churched and unchurched alike, but I’d like to take a moment to address you, the Church. (And quite frankly myself, seeing as my own heart has inspired this post)
We live in this generation where you have the ability to snap a photo anywhere and post it to show the world in seconds.
Hey everyone look at me! Look where I am! Look what I'm doing! Look how awesome my life is!
We literally have access in seconds, SECONDS PEOPLE, to alter our reality with this perfect image and well thought out caption. We have the ability to gain praise and shock factor in seconds. We have the ability to praise our own names at our very fingertips!!
When do we ever read a caption or comment that says the truth? And why do we as the Church, the very people who are called to be genuine and real, seem to be the ones living such perfect lives over social media. I know for dang sure that if you're truly following Christ; He is and will take you through things to break you and make you more like Him.
I don't know about you but I cannot help but wonder what Jesus will say to me one day about how I used social media for His glory. If I were to face Him today, I would ashamedly admit that social media is for my Glory, not His.
Maybe I'm taking it too far, and maybe I'm being extreme to think that God would care about the audience that we have over social media and how it speaks to people. That He would dare care about how we connect to someone virtually and weather His name is honored or our own. Please hear me when I say Church that I believe that social media will be the very tool that helps us fulfill the great commission!! So are we going to sit on the sidelines and paint a pretty picture, or play our part?
I wonder what it would be like if the church was a bit more honest and real over social media. Heck I may even pick up the phone to call a friend who is having a bad day, I would take joy in praying over a stranger and might even get the chance to share the Truth to them in times of despare with a direct message to simply encourage them. Heck, in being honest with ourselves over social media, we may just very well connect to people who need Jesus!!
So let me be the first to start:
I'm not O.K. right now. I'm not even good right now. So much has happened that I think I can’t ever fully write out one lesson after the next. The Lord has taken me through the desert and revealed the deepest parts of my own heart and allowed wounds of a friend to show me my dependence upon man, and His love for me to allow me to only depend upon Him. He's lovingly shown me where I find my identity and seek validation and has spoken over me to tell me who He says I am and who He has called me to be. His love has torn down so many walls in my heart, and He sweetly stops me as I begin to rebuild them and reminds me that He is the builder not me. And although I can see the promise land even now, I can see the destination and vision of where He is taking me, I am not yet there, but I am one step closer today.
So today I am retraining my mind and heart to celebrate every person and every calling. I am praying and thanking God by name for his servants who are working for Him and asking that they have favor in their work. I've stopped comparing. I refuse to compare and compete with Gods children, because this life isn't a game. It's a journey and last time I checked, we are all on the same team.