Have you seen her? She has over a thousand followers. She works out every day .. no seriously .. every single day.
She popped out a baby after her Pilates class and then slipped back into her size 2 jeans.
She only eats organic foods, and we know this because she posts pictures of her perfectly balanced meals with just the right amount of fats and protein.
And her kids? They are always dressed like a wedding is in 15 minutes … their tiny halos glistening in the sun.
She’s sooo perfect…. except that she’s not.
That mom you see online wakes up and screams at her kids, “You need a time out!” just like you do. She took over 50 pictures of her lunch while her own children ate peanut butter out of the jar. And, while she’s still a size 2, she struggles with her weight and eats like a bird.
Her life online is a total fraud.
And by the way, stop looking at her!! Unfollow!!
Theodore Roosevelt said that comparison is the thief of joy.
Well, yes and no, Teddy. There is comparison that is untrue, such as the unknown lives of our Instagram lovelies, and then there is comparison in regard to Gods laws and how we need to compare our lives with the saints in the Bible and with the Son of God.
Remember, no one is perfect. The grass is not greener (it’s photoshopped).
We need to turn our untrue comparisons toward what is “true, honest, just, pure, lovely and good report” says Paul in Philippians 4:8.
You don’t have to pretend you have it all under control. The wise mother will make an appointment everyday to spend time with her precious Savior. Instead of being envious of that “perfect” mom, pray for your own life to be a reflection of Jesus. Most of your life, (sometimes unfortunately), is on display without words, with your special needs child. Women and men are watching your life and wondering how you are keeping it all together. Your facial expressions, your tone of voice and your body language … yikes.
I realize that there aren’t any definitive guidelines for our conduct on social media, however, we need to honor our Savior and not place it before our quiet time with Him. We are always in danger of being consumed by all the pop culture, celebrity gossip and worldly images that want to grab our focus.
1 John 2:15, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”
You cannot focus on Christ with an undivided heart. Ask God to guide you with your social media time and don’t be envious of those who seem to have it all.
Mother, this is your moment!
This is your ministry!
When you are walking with the joy of the Lord you will find no pleasure in comparing your life to those who are portraying a false existence. Those perfect Instagram lovelies have loads of baggage, they are just better at hiding behind their pictures.
1 Peter 3:15, “ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Pray for those who are insecure. Pray for those who seek attention from the world.
Focus on Christ, and don’t allow the world to shape your thoughts.