The other day I asked myself the question why do we feel the need to post on social media about all that we accomplished yet there are not many stories of the struggle it took to get there?
I realized that most of what I seen on social media was us as people bragging about our accomplishments, what we did, where we are going, who we are with, what we have gotten, and all kind of vain talk. Granted this is not everyone on social media but I wondered why this was a trend?
Taking time I saw that this was something I was guilty of doing myself, I was no better than those that I followed on social media. I’d post my ups or just don’t post at all. Never would I give anyone an inside scoop on what it took to get there or the struggle before achieving my goal.
This had so much to do with my insecurities I boasted about my accomplishments so that everyone can see the good in my life. Now I am aware that this was something I did when I felt good about myself.
Being a new creature in Christ I think on the scripture: “That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.”
2 Corinthians 12:5 NLT
Boasting about weaknesses is hard in a society when the natural world wants to tell you what success looks like. As a mother, as a daughter, as a wife, as a friend, and even as human being in general there are images of what we deem success.
I struggle with this very much so, when it comes to social media. I find myself thinking if I can get my child to behave like that, if only I can decorate my house like that, or that my husband treated me like that. Scrolling through my timeline is dreadful because I find myself coveting my neighbor.
Recently though I thank God for the freeing of my mind because I realized that everyone had to start somewhere and you don’t know what they endured to get there. We on the outside see the result but never see the back story.
We as people including myself must be very careful about how we brag and boast about our lives. Our lives our a gift period and we all have a purpose way beyond the material form. Use your gift to uplift people and to encourage them to go on by your trials and tribulations which brings forth your testimony.