Comparison is the thief of joy.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of social media. I know too many people that are discouraged by it. They see Pinterest boards and ache because their homes look dumpy, or they are annoyed by everyone’s so-called ‘perfect’ profile pictures. I can understand those dark days when the world feels heavy enough, that the last thing you need is to be made to feel even more inadequate, but honestly…that has nothing to do with social media. We all have a choice, to be happy or not. To be full or empty. To be inspired or discouraged. Most of you, who have spent time in my home understand that some days it looks lovely, and other times it looks like an upscale Value Village. It will certainly never look like a pottery barn magazine, and I am totally okay with that. The point I am trying to make is that when we start comparing ourselves to others, life goes downhill at full speed.
Not everyone lives life the same way, and that is not what God intended for us anyway. Loving Jesus, is about yearning to see the sacred in the ordinary. That is something powerful that we can all do. When we enter into a life that is saturated with hope, we have purpose! Then, it doesn’t matter how much money we make or what our life looks like in pictures, because at the end of the day—we are full! Instead of looking at the world as though it is trying to undermined who you are, ask yourself what you can do to make it better. Don’t scan Facebook for all the cool things you are not doing, but unpack what you can do right now. We have no idea what hard battles people are fighting? Even the shiny-happy-people (as Meredith Grey would say). Look for social media as a chance to connect with friends old and new. Take time to send small notes of encouragement. Sometimes a kind word can change everything for someone. If there is anything that you can take away from my little-social-media-spill, remember that ultimately we are all children of Lord, chosen, wanted, and loved. When you see those pictures, status updates, and comments—remember that we were all made in the image of God. We all bring something marvelous to the table and none of us have the same story. Enjoy the way your story is unfolding, soak in the sacred, and by all means—resist the urge to compare.