“DO NOT CONFORM TO THE PATTERN OF THIS WORLD, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2 (my emphasis)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothes?” –Matthew 6:25
The past few weeks, I have struggled with my self-image. I found myself today scrolling aimlessly on Facebook, feeling worse and worse. I finally deleted it, as it has consumed incredibly too much precious time lately. I enjoy Facebook because I can keep in touch with family and friends who are far away, or quickly message friends when it may not be an appropriate time to text. However, I also find that I compare myself to people and my confidence seems to decrease when I am on there. I can be bombarded with a variety of posts that are so of this world that it depresses me. My biggest issue lately has been seeing posts and thinking that’s what I need to look like, or this is what I should be doing.
When I had my quiet time today, I prayed about this. God gently nudged me to Matthew 6:25-34. And then I did the She Reads Truth reading for Day 10 of Lent, which led me to Romans 12:2. There, in those verses, was the true answer for my self-image issue. NOTHING I see on Facebook, or Pinterest, or any other social media outlet dictates how I should look or what I should be doing. Only one book holds the answer to all my problems: the glorious God-breathed Bible. If I were to conform to this world, and look the way I have felt lately I need to look, it would require much more of my time. It would mean sacrificing the time I now use to immerse myself in His word. For me, that is not an option and so I find peace this afternoon. Peace in the progress I have made by eating better and spending 30 minutes every morning to workout. Peace in that God fearfully and wonderfully made me, and I praise Him!
I love Colton Dixon’s song “More of You.” A line that played over and over while I wrote and re-wrote this post is “I refuse to gain the world and lose my soul.” I was excited to find this in Scripture a few days ago, in Matthew 16:26: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” So much of social media can just be terrible and lead people away from what’s really important. It’s easy to get caught up and waste countless minutes – and they add up quickly – just scrolling and entertaining ourselves by seeing what others are doing. I know there are days I spend more time focusing on Facebook than I do in God’s word, and that’s just sad. So I am back to banning myself from having Facebook on my phone.
Let’s not worry about how we look, what we eat, what others are doing…instead let’s remember to focus on the Cross. God loved us so much he sent his only Son to die for our sins – that’s huge. An impossible love, yet it’s real. I’m going to stop trying to conform myself to this world and what it says I need to be/do/have and instead read, study, and pray about what truly matters.