You’re scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.
You’re liking, commenting, and sharing.
I mean, social media is basically how we communicate now. We are bombarded with perfect images of the perfect couples, perfect people, perfect families, perfect lives.
We become so enmeshed and immersed in the lives of people we sometimes don’t even know.
But what about when social media takes a dark turn.
I know that you do it because I do it too.
You start comparing. You start thinking you are “less than”. You start worrying that you’re not enough. You start rethinking your purpose. You start wondering “why is it taking so long.” You start wondering why God is blessing other people and has forgotten about you.
You start saying “why can’t I look like that” and “why can’t I have that?”
And for some odd reason, even with all your feelings and all your negative thoughts, you keep scrolling.
Social media can be a blessing, but it also can be really dangerous mentally. If we spend too much time focused on it, we can begin to believe that our lives are worth nothing and have amounted to nothing. We can start to think that the things that we want and desire will never happen for us. We can start to become jealous. We can start chasing things that society tells us we need, totally excluding God from our lives because we feel like He doesn’t see us.
I don’t want for you to live in that place – I don’t want you to be stuck on the social media hamster wheel and forget that YOU have purpose and you are called to something and that God cares so deeply for you.
So here are some tips on HOW you can protect your social media peace. Because it is so important, sis.
Seriously. Just … stop. Scrolling almost feels very mindless. On Instagram we scroll through our feed liking and commenting, forgetting that we are ingesting everything that we see. Sometimes, it’s good to literally take a break from scrolling. If you find yourself having a hard time with shutting down your various social media apps, there is a way to set a time limit on them! By cutting down your scrolling time, you are limiting the images you see and therefore limiting what you are allowing in your spirit. You compare less because you are seeing less. And the less time you spend on social media, the more time you can spend with friends, your family, or focusing on something that will bring you growth.
Remember that Social Media is FAKE
It’s fake. It’s all fake. Even when people post captions saying it’s not fake, it’s fake. What you see on social media is one second in time. You see the smiles, the cinched waist, the holding hands. But behind that, is a very real life. A life that comes with struggles. You have to remember that people can become so immersed in social media that they try to keep up appearances even when they are falling apart. You can’t trust it. And therefore you can’t fall prey to it. Comparing your whole life to one second in time is unfair, sis. Please protect your heart.
The Devil with use ANYTHING to DISTRACT you!
The bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” Meaning the devil is literally looking for people to destroy and for ways to destroy you. All he needs is an open door. And the open door could be social media. The devil knows that you compare and compare. He knows that you watch your follower count like a hawk. He knows that you see their smiling faces and become upset. And he uses it to destroy you. He is trying to distract you, sis! If you spend all your time on social media, then you can’t work towards the purpose that God set out for you. You can’t progress towards the wonderful things that God has for you. Be vigilant and remember that sometimes, the devil could be using social media as a trap for you. Don’t fall prey to it!
I know that social media is pretty much a part of every day life and that is fine! But remember that it has its place. God has so many wonderful things for you but you have to put down your phone sometimes to experience it.
So let’s be vigilant. Stop scrolling, stop comparing, and start LIVING.