Should I believe your Facebook page? Or is it all a front
The other day I had some friends over, and we were talking about Facebook, and what it has become since our introduction to it almost 10 years ago. When Facebook first started, it was a place to connect with friends from College, then High School, and Elementary Schools. It even became a place to share photos of yourself, your family and friends, and even late nights of hanging with the girls, or your wedding etc.
I think what happens though, is that statuses turn into bragging, and your page turns into a facade of who you want people to think you are, which can become a little annoying to some of the readers. I don’t mind the statuses with links to websites or blogs, or even YouTube videos and things of that nature, but when it goes from saying how wonderful your day was, to bragging about how great your life is over and over, and over again, it gets a little agitating.
Please don’t think I’m hating on anyone, because that is not my intention, I just believe, we as people need to watch how much information we put on facebook, and just how it may affect the intended reader. Are you looking to impress your FB friends or are you looking to share some great news. We all know the difference, some people just play dumb :).
THE BIBLE even talks about bragging and boasting, and whether you believe it or not, we all have to check ourselves, whether it be in person or on Facebook or Twitter. Jeremiah 9:23 says;
23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.(B
This week I posted a status that went a little something like this;
Your self confidence should not be wrapped up in how many ppl you know, or how much money you have, or what ppl do for you. Those intimate moments with our Lord should show you who you are, and how valuable you are to the kingdom. #walkinconfidence
I think this quote in someway summed up the scripture above it. We can’t rely on so many likes from FB friends to gain our confidence, or boast and brag about how wonderful our life is and put all of your business out for people to know you are blessed.
When you read about the Proverbs 31 woman it doesn’t say anything about her telling about all the great things that God has done for her. In fact it says that;
“Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her…
Now the bible does say “And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony” (Rev 12:11)
This is where our relationship with God comes in, and the discernment to say the right things will come into play. We have to remember that in the process of creating this falsified “brand new you” on Facebook, who are you depriving of seeing who you truly are, and appreciating you for the things you say, and the things you have gone through. Transparency is key.
All in All, I just want to say I love you guys, but we have to start developing a true relationship with God that fulfills us and our needs, then and only then will our Self confidence be based on God’s love for us and the purpose he has for our lives.