I wonder how many followers he would have or how many likes he would get for his photos? I wonder what his filter choice would be or the way he would stage his pictures…? I wonder if he would prioritise his social identity or scroll through comparing himself to others?
I actually wonder if he would care at all.
It can be so easy to get caught up in the social media bubble; to find ourselves comparing to one another, catching ourselves scrolling through seeing how great their life looks or how many ‘likes’ they get. I’ve been caught, too.
But when you take a step back, do you think there is more to you than your social media presence? Do you think that the amount of followers or interest you get in a photo or tweet defines you? Don’t get me wrong, I love an arty Instagram but I do think there is much more to you than that and I know God thinks that too. He doesn’t look for social acceptance or a strong online following. He is far more concerned with your character and how you live than beating your top ‘likes’.
Life isn’t edited, it won’t be filtered and it will probably look quite messy at times (unlike the perfect social media image) but we can rest in the truth that we have a God who never changes His opinion about us, and who would rather we looked to Him for our identity.
Every now and again I take a social media fast, a break from this digital world we live in. I am always amazed at how much I realise I look at various social platforms and how often I reach for my phone for the latest update. Why don’t you try doing a week without your Instagram or Twitter?
Another thing I love to do is follow some bible inspirations on Instagram so that throughout the day you have little nuggets of truth or maybe if you’re a tweeter follow your role models on twitter (Christine Caine is an absolute babe…) and fill your feed with quotes that are going to spur you on and encourage you.