Yesterday was the first time I logged into my blog since October. While there were a million things keeping me away from this hobby of mine, a stronger reason was this little voice inside my head that has kept me from writing. Perhaps it’s a sign of maturity, or simply being able to see things more clearly when taking a step back, but I’ve battled this voice because I don’t want my words to be wasted on silly trivial things. What does that mean? Well, I don’t want to be another noise in the big machine of social media, and that little voice was telling me I needed to wait. Take a break, reflect, unwind and wait for something worth sharing.
Our news feeds are filled with mind numbing trash that distracts us from our true purpose. I don’t want to be a part of that distraction, I want to be a part of something eternal. I want to be a part of something that bears weight, something that will last, something that has substance. That’s the only reason I share what I do, it’s to make an eternal difference in someone's life.
Today I woke up with a message I know someone needed today; actually who am I kidding, I needed this today.
Perhaps you do too...
I believe one of the strongest tools the devil uses today to distract us woman from our families, husbands, relationships, and our true mission on earth is social media. Instead of filling our time with things of substance and value, like spending time with actual real live people, (oh the thought!) and fulfilling our jobs as mothers and wives; we willingly fill our heads with ideas and thoughts that tear us away from our calling. We then try to fill the void and the feeling of guilt we have with “stuff”. We think we need better clothes, a nicer house, vacations, prettier hair, shopping, entertainment, the list could go on and on. Of course these things in and of themselves aren’t bad, these things are what us girls giggle and talk about from the time we’re old enough to play dress up with our mother's high heels! The problem comes when those things become a god in our lives, sadly this happens without us even realizing it.
Another way social media attacks us woman is by making us feel inadequate. Too often we forget that Instagram and Facebook are just the highlight reel of people’s lives. People don’t post pictures of temper throwing children, laundry rooms, or dirty dishes. Why? Because it’s ugly. It’s real life, and for some reason real life isn’t acceptable anymore. Apparently you haven’t arrived until you have well mannered perfectly groomed children, a spotless home, dinner in the oven, and a jar full of cookies waiting for your husband as he walks through the door.
Guess what, that’s a bunch of rubbish.
Moms, wives, woman seeing these lies on your screen; don’t be sucked into the trap of perfectly ever after. That’s not what God has intended for you, God doesn't hold you to those standards you’re so desperately trying to measure yourselves by. You don’t have to have it all together, just do your best, don’t fill your life with fluff. Look at your life in light of eternity, what will you spend your time on today that will last? I promise it’s not the sade of your lipstick, the sale going on right now, a perfect home, a flawless marriage or your ducks in a row.
Don’t let the screen dictate what your perception of life is, see what truly matters and you’ll never be consumed with the fluff of this life.