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    5 Reasons Why NOT to Look to Instagram to Find Your Purpose

    Today’s culture can cause confusion. Sometimes we can feel so messed up and conflicted inside. We don’t know where to base our identity, we don’t know who we are, and we certainly don’t know what our purpose is. Ever been there? Sadly, we are well-versed in looking to Instagram for inspiration as to who we are, what we should do, and what can make us happy, but, in so doing, the problem can get worse, not better.

    Much of the problem boils down to how we pursue happiness and where we think we will find it. We can have a faulty view of God as being either a cosmic killjoy or a strict, judgmental task master and disciplinarian who doesn’t care how we feel inside, but rather whether or not we are toeing the line. Ladies, this is not true! When we entertain these false views of God in our minds, we are tempted to instead turn to a platform such as Instagram. After all, scrolling social media is a lot more fun and entertaining than serving a vindictive God, right?

    The reality is that continuing on this hamster wheel of assuming false things about God and turning to the world for inspiration and direction will do nothing but keep us from truly knowing the Lord, who He made us to be, and fulfillment in it all. We are masterpieces! So, instead of turning to Instagram for our answers and our solution for the happiness we seek, let’s turn to God’s Word!

    5 Reasons to Turn to God to Find Your Purpose and Happiness

    God Knows What is Best for You

    Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”. While we’re often tempted to look to influencers on Instagram to tell us what we should be doing or what is best for us, we need to instead be looking at the One who has the big picture perspective of our lives and knows what is truly best. After all, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you’, says the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’” 

    God Made You to be Unique

    As much as I love instagram, the problem presented with the platform is that it can often makes us think we have to be just like the other women on the “‘gram”. We need to have graphics like theirs, lay out our feed as they do, and craft our Stories to be like theirs; but that’s exhausting and the constant comparison and competition is stealing our happiness and depriving us of the knowledge of who God made us to be. First Corinthians 12 makes it clear that God made us each to be unique, and that that’s a good thing for everyone!

    God has a Special Plan and a Purpose for You

    When we are so busy looking to Instagram to find our purpose, we end up stealing someone else’s purpose by trying to replicate it. All the while, we are ignoring our own and depriving the world of the work and ministry God called us to. Remember and delight in the words of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

    God Doesn’t Compare You to Anyone Else

    Galatians 6:4-5 says, ”Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.” We will not be held responsible for what other people do, but we will be held responsible for what we did with the gifts, talents, and mission God gave us.

    God Likes You No Matter What

    We are all so busy chasing “likes” on Instagram when we could simply be resting and ceasing our endless striving by remembering that we are always and forevermore loved infinitely by the God of the universe. Romans 8:34-35a says, “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ?” The answer? No one can!

    If we really want true, lasting joy and an awareness of our individual, God-given purpose in this life, we must look to Him and His Word, not to Instagram. It will be a challenge at first, but we will be so glad we made the change!

    Rebekah Hargraves
    Rebekah Hargraves
    Rebekah Hargraves is a wife, mama of two littles, blogger, podcaster, and author whose passion is to edify, equip, and encourage women in their journey of Biblical womanhood, particularly with an emphasis on the gospel and its implications for everyday life. Rebekah's first book, "Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them)" released the fall of 2017, and the "Lies Moms Believe" Companion Bible Study came out March 30, 2018. You can find Rebekah on her website, Hargraves Home and Hearth, on Instagram, or on iTunes via The Home and Hearth podcast.

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