‘A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. ‘
Proverbs 14:30 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/PRO.14.30
Social media has truly changed the social dynamics of our world. I remember when chat rooms and websites started to become a thing. Then Facebook exploded and then Instagram. We are now able to stay in touch with just about any person we have ever met. Most people graduate high school never to see their classmates again. I know what most of my classmates are doing right now in their lives. We still interact. It’s truly wonderful and beautiful.
But there is a dark side to social media. We all post up what we want people to see, so for many, they believe other’s lives are perfect. They yearn to be like the other person. They look at their life, their profile page and wonder why can’t their lives be just as great. What they fail to understand is the other’s lives are false. All they know is they want their lives. This feeling of wanting what another has is called envy and is definitely a sin. It leads to theft of another’s possessions. Or worse, wanting what they have so much, you resort to taking their lives. It’s an incredibly horrible feeling to want something that does not belong to you.
I can promise you this. What God has in store for you, is in store for YOU. We cannot look at what other’s have and pine over it. God knows exactly what you need and if He has not provided for you, yet, either it’s not for you, or He believes you are not ready to receive it, yet. God knows who you are better than you do. So what, that person has a spouse and you don’t. It was their time to get married. So what, that person got that awesome job. It was their time for that job. God is going to give you whats due you. Sometimes we don’t need to get married and maybe that job was not a good fit for you. You need to be content with what you have. A good way to not look at your shortcomings is to focus on being kind to others. It will take away you focusing so much on what you don’t have and put the focus on being of a loving spirit.
Confession: I used to look at the Instagram models and feel envious. I wanted to look like them and I could not wrap my mind around the fact that I did not. It did not fit well with my difficulties with eating.
Commitment: I chose to stop scrolling through Instagram. They stopped being fitspiration for me and became condemnation. I am staying committed to that. I do not spend my days scrolling through Instagram because I know what it does to me.
Father, you provide for my what I need. I know I do not have to look at what others have. What is for me, is for me, and what is not, is not. I pray to accept this and be satisfied with what I have. I confess that any envious way in me is sin, and pray that you forgive me. Set me a heart of kindness. That I focus on the needs of others and not mines.
In Yeshua’s (Jesus) Name I pray, Amen