Social media has taken its toll.
This morning, in and out of taking breaks from a complex reading, I used a break to read several articles that talked about the messages we are sending as a society. I read about expectations and hopes and dreams. I followed that up with some general internet surfing. And when I looked around in my Lenten state, I felt… blessed.
It started yesterday when my eldest daughter asked me about a picture she drew. I thought it was adorable and posted it on Facebook. The next day she was asking me how many “likes” it got and “what did people say about it?” I was horrified. I told her that it didn’t matter, that I posted it because I loved it and that’s all that mattered. I flat-out refused to even show her what people said about it. It was so troubling to me since I do not talk about “likes” or “comments” when it comes to social media. But this generation does, and they have put their worth there.
And my generation is no better. The constant barrage of “look what my kid did” all day everyday is a testimony to where we are at. We force our children into boxes, stuff them full of activities, then continuously complain about how busy we are. Nobody has time for relationship anymore. Nobody has time to look at the clouds…
But people have plenty of time to sell you a life that doesn’t exist, or pick and choose what pictures they show you, or what they show you at all. This used to be the mark of the great trial lawyers, the “look over here” option. Now, it is the hallmark of our existence.
I’ve spoken with many people on a personal and spiritual level about how they portray themselves as one person online, but yet are completely miserable in their real lives. And I’ve noticed the pervasive nature of people who have to create an online persona. What I mean by this is that they are marketing themselves, but not really themselves. They are marketing the image of what they want you to see. This in turn leads many to feel they are unworthy or out in the cold- look at their friends, their husband, their house. They are always going places. But where, where exactly are they going?
Without inward satisfaction of soul, there will remain a constant struggle for fulfillment and the need for validation. Relationships will remain surface level only. We will never step into our destinies.
There are only so many quotes and get better books to go around. The transient nature of social media can only sustain you until that next moment. And the online persona you see of that person you want to be, well, it’s not real…
There is only one who has remained the same yesterday, today and forever. There is only one who does not change. There is only one who will transform you on the inside, not the out. There is only one messiah, Jesus Christ, the son of God.
So as you go about your day, trying to fill yourself up with the constancy and wavering messages of the world, try reading just one Chapter of Jesus’s words. Chances are you’ve read it before, in some cute quote bubble, but you didn’t know it was Him. You may just keep on reading…