Social Media: The Filtered Life
Barely a day goes past where I don’t check social media. I love it - it entertains me, it relaxes me, it keeps me up to date with news... But so often, I'm using it for the wrong reasons.
Sometimes I share because I want to feel popular, or I flick through Instagram just because I'm bored or tired. So lately, I've decided that I want to make sure my use of social media points to God, and not to myself.
Lots and lots of our readers have fun, inspiring, and artistic social media accounts – and I love seeing them! I hope these next three little posts are simply helpful ways to think about how we can use the tools we have to glorify God.
1. "Don’t compare your behind-the-scenes to somebody else’s highlights reel."
Ironically, I found this quote on Pinterest - but it’s a good reminder. How often do we sit bored and alone in our rooms, flicking through other people’s sparkling nights out, beautiful holidays, perfect outfits and glamorous friends – and feel worse and worse about ourselves?
It’s fun to see what’s happening across the world, and keep up with our friends. But the Bible reminds us often about how much God values our contentment in Him alone (1 Timothy 6:6). So, let’s be praying that social media would not make us jealous or insecure. Let’s continue being thankful and counting our many blessings.
One practical thing you could do is to work out if there are certain social media accounts that make you feel especially discontent - whether these are fitness accounts, or rich and beautiful individuals. It could be helpful for your heart and mind to simply make the choice to unfollow these, and to try and be girls who strive to be content in every season, with whatever God has given us.
For what good is it to gain the whole world, but lose your soul? (Mark 8:36)
2. Think about your own highlights reel…
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. (Proverbs 25:14)
I think this verse from Proverbs is a big warning for our always-online society. I know I do it all the time – try to portray myself as far better than I actually am. What the Proverbs calls ‘boasting of a gift we do not give’ might translate today as the crafting of a slightly-too-perfect Instagram photo or Snapchat story. It might be a slight bending of the truth so that we can make our lives look as good as possible.
I think we should be careful of presenting our own lives in a way that is too fake and carefully constructed. James 4:6-10 (MSG) speaks pretty clearly about this:
“If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that ‘he’s a fiercely jealous lover.’ And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find.”
It’s strong language, but don’t let it scare you off. This is actually the best news you could hear! God is jealous of you. He loves you deeply and cares for you. He is fiercely protective because we are His, and He is ours. What He gives in return is far better than anything else – so we no longer need to present the perfectly filtered life.
There is MORE!
Please fill us with contentment as we remember who we are as your daughters. Please help us to use social media to glorify and honour You. Give us strength to decide what is wise to share, and to fill our minds with. Take away our jealousy and insecurities, and help us to find our worth in Your perfect love.
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and has the absolute joy of overseeing it on a regular basis. She is spending a year working in Marketing for a Cambridge company, and is getting married in June!