Recently one of our visiting clergy at the Hahn Cancer Center made a comment that stuck with me. He said “Instead of being on Facebook, you should have your Face in The Book.” Now I don’t know if he made that up or he heard it somewhere but it made an impression on me.
I am certainly guilty of looking at others lives on social media and comparing my life to others. I am human. We can look into peoples’ lives right at our finger tips. The definition of Envy “is to wish that you had a quality or possession that another person has.” Is that what we do unintentionally, do we envy others? Studies are now showing that people who spend a lot of time on social media are depressed because they compare their lives to others. On the other hand, do we only put the best part of our lives out there for others to see? Are we bragging when we do?
In Phillipians 3:7-8, Paul writes, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
Also from Phillipians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” So why should we ever be envious? He will meet ALL our needs.
Furthermore, shouldn’t we be happy for others when they succeed and have a good life?
From Galatians 5:26: “ Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Instead, this Lent season and beyond I will show Love by not envying or boasting.
I also hope to put my “face in the Book.”
What do you not have that you really want to have? What do others have that you wish you had? On the other hand, what do you have that you boast about? Reflect and repent.