Archuleta A. Chisolm
Motivation Monday: Don't Let Social Media Tell You Who You Are
If you’ve been on social media for any length of time, you may have felt like you weren’t doing enough. It appears everyone is living their best life, with money, clothes, shoes, and vacations in the most luxurious locations. It appears they have reached a certain level of perfection. And you wonder what you’re doing wrong.
Here’s the thing: social media is not real. I know you’ve heard that before but it’s time you really believed it. People allow you to see what they want you to see. Their perfectly curated Instagram page is not an actual reflection of that person’s life. We have to be careful to not get caught up in the hype.
Several months ago, I realized that every time I went to certain people’s social media I was feeling some type of way. They weren’t doing anything wrong to me; they don’t even know me. However, I just came to the conclusion that I needed a break from following them. Then it became evident that I had personal work to do.
Oftentimes, when we are not where we want to be in our personal or professional lives, watching others can bring on feelings of jealousy or inadequacy. This will require you to dig deep inside yourself and determine why you feel this way, and what you plan to do about it.
Start by realizing you are special. Someone in your life has told you this before but do you know just how special you really are? God created you, in His infinite power, to be here on this earth for a specific purpose. There is no one else like you and no one that has the unique talents and gifts that you do.
So, when you are scrolling through social media feeling some type of way about what other people are doing, know that you have your own race to run. Stop worrying about what they are doing, particularly towards people you don’t even know! We never know the journey other people have; what has brought them to their current point in life.
What God has for you is for you.
It’s something well worth working towards. You have so much to give that will have an impact on people’s lives. Begin to see yourself the way God sees you and allow that to change how you view yourself – how you feel about yourself.
Those negative thoughts about who you are just the enemy’s way of discouraging you. God’s love is stronger than those thoughts; let Him reveal who you really are.