"You know us in secret and You know all our secret places. What we do to benefit Your Kingdom will not be lost if it is not seen by others, for You see and You reward according to Your grace and mercy. Strengthen us to do good works, visibly or invisibly, always in Your name."
I feel as though I have seen more articles and had more conversations around the topic of Christians on social media over the last few months than ever before. One blog post in particular caught my attention recently, at a time when I had already been intentionally thinking and praying about my standing as a Christian with all of these social platforms, and it really helped affirm quite a few of my thoughts.
Social media is just an interesting concept in general. It's a platform that gives everyone a voice and place to share their opinions and feelings, which can be a good thing, though that's not always the case. If we're honest, having access to such tools as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I think we can agree that most people work really hard to put forth a highlight reel of sorts: the good, the exciting, the adventurous. But what about the hard, the boring, and the mundane? I mean, how many selfies have you seen of a no-makeup face taken at 6am? Not so much. No, we take care to purposefully choose what we want others to see of our lives - plus we add a filter or two - and, in turn, we see only what others want to show us of theirs. which leads to quite a distorted reality... a reality that we end up comparing our everyday lives to. And I think that we all play into this game in one way or another, through comparison or blatant self-promotion with ourselves, and through judgment, gossip, or questioning the motives of others. This is quite the rabbit hole, because with a lot of comparison can easily come feelings of discontent, inadequacy, jealousy, and judgement. And farther down the rabbit hole we go.
I get it, I really do, and because of that I feel compelled to a place of confession with y'all. For me, and particularly with my Instagram account, I want you to know there are some mornings that I really do drink black coffee and a well lit table with my Bible and journal open, and then there are mornings that I don't. Sometimes, yes, I really do snap a picture; sometimes I don't. There are also moments when I sense God download wisdom to me through time spent with Him or a conversation with a friend, and sometimes I feel led to share it on instagram, or on this blog, or both.
And yet I know that God sees every moment, whether it is documented for others to see or not. I struggle with and pray about these social platforms often, because I want to be as authentic as possible with my friends and followers. Above everything else, I want Jesus to be ultimately seen and glorified above myself. And shouldn't that be the aim of every aspect of our lives: for God to get the glory? That has always been my personal goal in both my inner and outer life, so it only makes sense for that to be true of the social platforms that He has has given me.
My prayer with all of this social media business is that we would rest knowing that, whether or not something is tweeted or posted, God is actively looking at what 140 words or a well edited picture can never truly capture: our hearts. And that's way more important than how many people like (or don't like) a picture on Instagram, anyway.
For further Scripture reading, please check out: Psalm 91, 1 Samuel 6:7, Jeremiah 17:10