How many times have you heard that statement?
You have probably said it to someone else as well. I know I have, and now I am saying to YOU: be yourself.
There is only one like you in this world. God created you to be you and only you. There are no carbon copies.
Everything God creates is good. He says so. It is so.
So why do we try to be like someone else? Does their life seem better than ours? If so, by whose, or what definitions?
Are we looking through the lens of social media? Pictures are worth a thousand words. But the difference in snapshots and memories from years past and current snap shots renders us the ability to create illusions in our minds. We are all guilty of presuming what we think is real by what we see in pictures.
The ideal of social media suggests we need hundreds, even thousands of ‘followers’ or ‘likes’ before we can call ourselves accomplished, successful and popular. The numbers are even higher for those sharing their business, ministries, and talents on line. And we all buy into this mind set. Come on, you know I am right. I’m guilty, too.
But, if not, why do we always want our best pictures on social media? We take multiple shots or scroll through our picture gallery on our device looking for the perfect picture. But why? Who are we trying to impress?
There is only one opinion about us that matters. That is the opinion of Jesus – and He thinks we are to die for, and He did just that. Jesus, the man who knew no sin, died for your sins, and for my sins. “…Whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)
Let’s stop hiding behind our screens and stop trying to be like, what it seems, our social media neighbors are like. Let’s love our neighbors, on and offline, but let’s be ourselves.
Let’s look in the mirror and embrace who we are through Jesus Christ. Let’s allow Him to show us what real abundant life looks life through His amazing saving grace – no social media filters needed.
“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”-Psalm 34:5