Today, I got to have a beautiful coffee catch up at my new work place, Pure Kitchen, with my bestest friend Daniella. Wise, beautiful, kind-hearted Daniella and I had conversations in which I gleaned insight, as per usual. Among other things, like the fact that she just came back from a week-long trip to ICELAND, we talked about Instagram, and how much time we spend this precious life scrolling through media on a screen that, we both agreed, we certainly weren’t meant to spend our time on; that we’re also more joyful and equipped to serve others and listen to others and be KIND when we’re NOT on it.
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
With so many lives and opinions on display online 24/7, it can be so easy to compare, to judge, and to heed wisdom from untrue sources. What are we subjecting ourselves to every day? Is it based on truth? Or is it largely a lie?
Oh, Jesus, keep my eyes on You, on the Cross of Truth, Redemption, and Love, and not on the varying opinions of this world. Oh Jesus, stop me from glorifying myself. Oh Jesus, give me a heart that wants none of the glory and wants that you would be seen in me.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, Daniella reminded me, we are affected by the photos we scroll by. Every body that we believe to be fitter is a reason to think we’re not created in God’s image. Every snapshot of life filtered and coloured to look perfect in the most trendy way reason to think that someone out there actually lives life in that filter and with that perfect camera quality when in reality, we ALL in live in a much real and more beautiful quality than any camera, and that is through EYES that are pretty magnificent on their own, created by the God of the universe, and I don’t want to miss a moment of what HE’S doing. I want to get to know my Father before spending eternity with Him. I believe knowing my Father in this life, so that I can help others more like He does, so that I can love more like His example, is the greatest way to spend this life.
I don’t want to waste another SECOND living in a lie. I’ve experienced freedom and joy incomprehensible, and His name is Jesus Christ.
This weekend, I experienced that freedom in the form of my dear friend Michele’s wedding, which I attended with Johnny and our beautiful friends from Christian Studies. I vowed to be present in what the Spirit was doing and step away from my phone entirely.
Johnny and I also attended the church Maddie leads worship at, where the pastor gave an incredible sermon that convicted both our hearts and led both of us to Jesus’ feet, asking His forgiveness and inviting Him to recenter us to Him. To selflessly love each other, and to do it out of loving Him first; out of His love.
I also experienced His freedom and joy at my amazing, beautiful, sister-house-mate’s grad recital, where she played her SOUL out on the violin and blew the entire crowd away, leaving me in blubbery tears.
Life is worth living, and “social media” is a paradox. There is nothing social about sitting on a screen, and I don’t want it to dominate my life.