From the glamorous lives portrayed by the rich and famous to the never-ending feeds of social media, our culture is flooded with images of people’s best—brief snapshots and limited perceptions that only reveal their best moments. This isn’t a bad thing. We all love sharing moments of our lives and even catching a glimpse of experiences that are seemingly more perfect than our own. It has a way of making the world smaller, within our reach, and offers a unique community for us to be apart of.
I think there are two ways you can interact with social media: (1) to be inspired by it or (2) to be driven by it. When you walk in confidence knowing that you are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), the value of your life rests in God alone. When you let social comparisons—whether from others or from yourself—to determine how popular you are, how successful you are, and how you belong, you rob your life of it’s God-given worth.
Inspiration Not Comparison
These ideas are great in theory, but so much harder to live out. Our thoughts are bombarded with insecure comparisons, which makes finding our value in a supernatural being often seem unattainable or insignificant. However, I believe we have the ability to create lives inspired by those around us; to create experiences, goals, and characteristics that reflect genuine contentment and are inspired by those we often compare ourselves to.
While being rooted in our identity and unique purpose found in Christ, we can embrace our social communities and strive for better by intentionally designing lives that produce fruit such as joy, accomplishment, creativity, growth, faith, and even laughter!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Let people’s best inspire the way you approach your life rather than how you measure up in comparison to them. Use social media not as an escape or distraction, but as an outlet for your faith, your creativity, and the community you are designing around you. God has blessed you with abundant life—a life worth creating and sharing—and for that reason alone, it is already perfect.