Sunday, May 12, 2024

Beyond the Scroll | Maintaining Your Beliefs in a Curated World


By: Paula Short

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way people do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7— NET

Navigating Social Media and Maintaining Faith

Social media connects us, informs us, and entertains us. But for Christians, it can also present a unique set of challenges. The carefully curated feeds and highlight reels can fuel comparison and envy, leaving us questioning our own lives and faith.

Here’s the truth— social media isn’t always a reflection of reality. People tend to showcase the best versions of themselves online. The exotic vacations, picture-perfect families, and seemingly effortless achievements create an unrealistic benchmark that can chip away at our self-esteem and faith.

So, how do we navigate this digital landscape while keeping our faith strong?

Setting Boundaries

  1. Be mindful of your time. Schedule specific times for social media and stick to them. Don’t let it become a mindless scroll that eats away at your time for prayer, reflection, or connecting with loved ones in real life.
  2. Curate your feed. Unfollow accounts that leave you feeling inadequate or question your faith. Instead, follow accounts that inspire you, uplift your spirit, and offer a genuine perspective on living a Christian life.
  3. Focus on the present. Don’t dwell on the past or fantasize about a future based on someone else’s online persona. Find joy and gratitude in the blessings of your own life.
  4. Be mindful of your consumption. Schedule specific times for social media and stick to them. Don’t let scrolling become a mindless habit that consumes your devotional time or quiet reflection.
  5. Unplug Sometimes. Take a quiet breather.

Strengthening Your Faith

  1. Find your online faith community. Many churches and Christian groups have active social media presence. Use these platforms to connect with other believers, share experiences, and find support.
  2. Engage with faith-based content. Seek out online sermons, podcasts, or articles that deepen your understanding of your faith and provide inspiration.
  3. Remember, your worth is not measured by likes. Your value comes from God’s love for you. Find validation and purpose in your relationship with Him.
  4. Focus on your own journey. Your faith walk is unique. Don’t get caught comparing your Chapter 3 to someone else’s Chapter 10.
  5. Refrain from comparing your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. Your faith journey is unique, and struggles are a part of growth.

Social media can be a powerful tool, but it’s important to consider its limitations. By setting boundaries, focusing on your faith journey, and engaging with positive online communities, you can ensure that social media complements your faith and does not detract from it. Remember, the most important “like” you need is the one from God.

Let’s take a moment to consider...

  1. How has social media impacted your self-worth and your faith?
  2. What steps can you take to create a healthier online experience?
  3. How can you use social media to share your faith authentically?
  4. Your worth isn’t measured by your likes

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