Yesterday one of my IG friends posted about how Instagram is getting a bad rep for giving an unrealistic image of what day to day life really looks like. She writes, “Chosen perfect moments are cropped, edited and put on display for all to see.” And it got me thinking and what I think is that Instagram isn’t to blame at all. Neither is Facebook or Twitter or any other form of social media. To be quite frank, I don’t think the cropping or editing or displaying is to blame either.
So what or who is to blame?
Listen, I should not be upset at you or anyone else for posting beautiful, edited photos on Instagram or anywhere else and if I am, it’s really my own issue. The real problem isn’t the beautiful images others are posting, but the fact that I’m comparing those images to my life and feeling like I don’t measure up.
It breaks my heart because the enemy is having an absolute HAY DAY with us (especially those of us working and ministering online) using the sneaky little trick of comparison. He’s poking at our insecurities and our wounded places, whispering, “just look at her life, she’s got it all together.” “Why don’t you have as many followers, likes and comments as she does?” “Why aren’t you back in your pre-baby jeans – she is!”
Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m tired of feeling like I don’t measure up. I’m tired of watching my friends feel like they don’t measure up. And I’m tired of the enemy piting us against each other and somehow not taking any of the blame for it.
Let’s call it what it is, friends. This isn’t about someone else not posting enough pictures of their messy living room (although, I really do LOVE those pictures). It’s about me agreeing with the enemy that somehow I’m not good enough. It’s about me not taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. It’s about me forgetting that I am made in His image, fearfully and wonderfully, and that God is doing a good work in my life.
So let’s stop letting the devil get the best of us. Instead of comparing, let’s cheer one another on and put one another first. When we see something that tempts us to compare, instead, let’s bless the good work that God is doing in our sister or brother’s life. And most of us all, let’s stop agreeing with the enemy that we don’t measure up and instead press into the One who says we are worth more than life itself.