Social media can be so great for connecting us with people all over the world, creating and sustaining friendships, sharing information and news… but it can also be a place of competition and jealousy. 

I know as a mom, I am guilty of looking at the social media accounts of other moms I know and wishing I “had it together” like them. It is easy to look at the clothes, houses, and material possessions of the people we see everyday on our news feeds and really start to pursue the things of this world more than we pursue anything else. 

I love Instagram and connecting with our followers and using my personal account to connect with friends and family. I also love to follow other bloggers and see into their lives, but I have to be careful. It is so easy to get caught up in social media and striving and wishing I had more and did more and was skinnier and had more money and the list goes on. I am okay with admitting that I often have to remind myself that it doesn’t matter. Stuff doesn’t matter. Money doesn’t matter. My outdated house is great for my family and we love it, and it’s okay that it’s not the stuff of home blogs. My clothes are often from Target. And that’s okay. It’s all okay. We were not put on this earth to compete and strive and envy. We were put on this earth to do good works and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

In the same sense, it is easy to get caught up in trying to please the people around us and conform to society’s way of doing things, which, let’s face it, is often not God’s way. 

In Romans 2:2 we are challenged to not conform to this world because we were not created for this world. We were created for so much more. Our earthly home is just a tent and our permanent home will be built on rock. We are here to follow God and to do what He asks of us, not to worry about the size of our house or keeping up with the people around us. 

I can wholeheartedly admit that this can be such a difficult thing to do, but it is worth striving for every day.  Instead of focusing on what you wish you had, or what you hope to someday have, try to focus on the blessings right in front of you. Instead of doing things because everyone else is, focus on God’s will and what He asks of you, even if your choices aren’t popular.

I hope that God can keep my mind focused on the things that matter and help me to be the hands and feet of Jesus in new ways. I hope that He can guide me away from the striving and the conforming that is such a part of human nature, and guide me toward the things that He wants for my life. And I pray the same for you.

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