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Tips on Dealing With Social Media Pressure
Written by Christi Given | April 26, 2018
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A PI Girl recently asked about how to deal with the pressure of social media.
In our day and age, there is a constant battle for our attention and for our time. We are bombarded with notifications and images from social media to technology in general. We’re constantly comparing ourselves to other people’s highlight reels, and in reality, social media isn’t reality.
We need to set a boundary on how long we are on social media accounts and need to use wisdom about time management. Some people use technology for their business or ministry, which is fine, and at times we can be encouraged, but we can also be highly distracted. I know that at times my intentions are to post something positive and then see a few of my friends’ photos and sign off, but we have all gotten sucked into scrolling and clicking on the World Wide Web.
How do we go about limiting our time on social media? Well, for one, make it a point to set a time frame of how long you will be on, and keep your word. Next, make sure to only follow those who inspire you, not bring you down or make you feel bad. Finally, make sure you are walking in the light of Christ and not copying the patterns of the world. We want to be relevant while not imitating the worldly customs of society. We want to be set apart as Christians and be Christlike.
What are you wearing and posting online? Is it reflecting Jesus? Does your social media account and what you click on line up with your convictions and morals? We all need to do a heart check and need to clean house sometimes. You may need to unfollow some people and examine who your “friends” or “followers” are. Let us all be aware that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10).
The enemy of our soul can just plant a seed of comparison, distract us with ungodly thoughts, or consume or steal our time so we aren’t useful to the building of God’s Kingdom. Let us help one another by praying for our friends, the youth and this generation, and let us be accountable to our friends. We aren’t trying to be popular as Christians; even the Bible tells us if you are popular, you are an enemy of God. We must be leaders and stand for truth and righteousness.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. (1 John 2:15-16)
Sometimes what is right isn’t always popular. We need to be okay with the fact that we aren’t trying to win the approval of man, but of Christ. Even Jesus was rejected and unrecognized by His own people. We need to be okay with an audience of one, and not try to compete with the world. Be yourself, be unique, be a standout and be a light for the world to see the Savior in you so we can win souls for heaven, amen?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
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