Much has been said of the “selfie generation” and the veneration of our self images as we put our “high-light reel” up on social media and how this false portrayal of real life without displaying all the dirt and hardship is so narcissistic.
And I can see how it can be viewed that way.
I can see how some may even intend it that way.
But what I want to contend is that we have a God, a loving Heavenly Father, who, when we said “Yes” to accepting the sacrifice of His Son for our sin, He chooses to look at us only through the lens of perfection in Christ. He chooses to NOT count our sin against us, to focus on our highlights, to encourage us in our faith, and to remember us as spiritual giants even if we feel completely confused and at a loss.
How do I know this?
Let’s look at how, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Lord talks about some of His Old Testament saints…
He talks about Abraham as though He never wavered for a moment on the promises of God… But if we read Abraham’s real life story in Genesis, we can see some gaping holes in Abe’s faith. This brings me comfort for the moments I waiver and falter. This let’s me know He doesn’t hold it against me and instead, I’ll get another opportunity to get it right. Next time, I won’t fail.
He talks about Lot as this super morally conflicted dude in 2 Peter when in reality, Lot was living smack dab in the middle of sin city and offered up his daughters to the crowd trying to spare a few angels God had sent to save Lot. The Lord does not give an account in the New Testament of how Lot should’ve chosen a better neighborhood to raise his kids, or how many theological mistakes Lot made after being rescued. Nope. The New Testament simply lists him as a faithful guy, completely ignoring his faults and failures.
And the second thing about “displaying our high-light reel” is this…
[bctt tweet=”Instead of viewing the successes of others as competition, what if we took it as encouragement?”]
What about, if instead of viewing the successes of others as competition, we took it as encouragement? I know that when I am struggling, and I see a friend of mine overcome something through various social media posts, I think– “If they can do it, I can too!” Or when another mother’s child succeeds, instead of jealousy, I think– “If that kid can do it, mine can too!” You see, another person’s sucess never steals our own possibility! If you believe that their success means there’s none left for you, then you may have a scarcity mindset– as in “there is only so much blessing to go around.” Your believing a lie of the enemy my friend, because with God, there is always blessing, always more benefits, always more wisdom He can give out and lavish on His beloved children. Someone else’s success or blessing does not steal my own possibilities, it rather confirms them. So instead, we should be viewing one another’s online portrayals as inspiration, not self absorption. We should see someone else’s success and be glad for them, spurred on personally in our own battles. And we shouldn’t ever be jealous of someone else’s success, we should grab the opportunity to believe that if God can do it for them, in them, or through them– He can and will for us.