There is a world outside of the internet. Beyond the stream of uncensored information. An endless stream I’ve become addicted to checking in on.
Before I’m out of bed I’m checking my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ve allowed it to dictate my emotions, causing me to believe in the lie I’m not cared for.
I’ve allowed twitter feeds to play on my emotions, causing me to be blinded with anger at the state of the world.
Most of all it has distracted me from the truth of Jesus.
It’s not that these things are bad. It’s good to be informed and aware of the world around me. But what isn’t good is my getting caught up in other people’s reactions. Yep, I’m a comment section ghost. Reading what other ppl write in order to judge them. It sounds like a harsh assessment but it’s the truth.
I forget I am just as fallible and am too judged
These platforms are great for engaging with people. But we must not allow for it to become a substitute for creating and caring for relationships. I know I’ve allowed it , my perception through the social media lens to affect my relationships. I have even compared the number of likes a friend’s post had against my own. Seeing that as some kind of yard stick of how cared for I am.
I forgot in those times that I am loved by God.
Developing this awareness is a first step. I’ve made sure to fill my time with other pursuits. Reading more books, calling or texting people. There are still days where I’ll realize most of my day had been spent scrolling through my various social media feeds.
I have been sold the idea that for me to matter I must have a voice on the internet. But that’s a lie. Because I am more than my social media imprint. It’s good to have a voice, good to engage with the world.
And it’s also good to understand the reality of social media. I am a commodity on those platforms.
But greater than that I am loved and cared for by God.