This article was originally written for myelegantlife.com. You can view the article here.
“Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work done well and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.”
If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with social media. Each day after logging on, we enter a battlefield of comparison. It is sometimes a daily struggle to want the seemingly perfect life that is portrayed on Instagram. It’s human nature to crave attention. We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted. We all want to succeed in life.
The more we scroll through the news-feed, the more inadequate, discouraged, and envious we often feel.
Don’t get me wrong; social media is a wonderful concept. I love keeping up with family members and life-long friends I don’t have the privilege of seeing often. However, when we are constantly bombarded with perfectly stages selfies, friends getting engaged on a weekly basis, and fabulous family vacations- it is easy for us to believe the lies that Satan whispers in our ears telling us that we don’t measure up.
Maybe you are envious of a co-workers big promotion that you were hoping to receive. Or maybe your best friend just got engaged to the love of her life; meanwhile, you are sitting at home eating ice cream straight from the carton while binge watching Netflix. Maybe life isn’t going according to your plan, and someone else is living your dream.
The truth is, God has us all on different paths in life. We were all strategically given different gifts, abilities, and talents. God often uses the least likely candidates to proclaim his name. Take David for example. When the young Shepard boy stood up to the giant, Goliath, I’m sure most bystanders thought he was done for. Yet, God was sovereign and he had a plan. Nobody ever expected that he would later become king.
When we are envious of other people’s lives, we are rejecting God’s perfect plan for us. Following Jesus means surrendering your desires, and having faith that God has a plan for your life- and he does have a plan for your life. If our dreams don’t come true- if we do fail, it just means God has something better in mind.