simple step # 6:
keep it real.
I’m not a huge fan of Facebook. I know, it goes against the grain of the way a huge segment of the population enjoys communicating. I like to keep it real and Facebook is often just a facade. Don’t get me wrong, Facebook and other social media offers opportunities to reach people with encouragement and positive messages – I like that aspect. The social stream gets muddy when viewers read post after post of how great everyone’s life is, when theirs seems to be falling apart. It’s not too often that I see posts that invite us into the vulnerable, broken parts of people and their lives. If that was the majority of the posting content, perhaps social media wouldn’t be so popular.
My husband and I were taking about this topic, and agreed it would be really cool to see more posts from a “keepin it real” perspective – posting the things that are hard or unfortunate about our day. I believe it could be a source of encouragement and a way to connect with people in a genuine way. No matter how positive the posts from our friends, their life is hard too.
Don’t allow the enemy to impress upon your heart that everyone else has it together, they don’t. Stay encouraged by knowing you are loved by the God who is in control of all the hard stuff in our lives, the things that don’t get posted for the world to see.
Here’s your challenge this week:
If you are discouraged by all the seemingly perfect people around you, take control and stop feeding that lie. Keep things in perspective and realize an unrealistic expectation when you see it. Don’t buy into the lie that there is a perfect life (and everyone but you is living it). Whether or not you see it posted across the pages of social media, know this – no life is perfect and everyone needs a Savior.
Commit to keeping it real in your own life. And remember that not everyone practices this concept ..And that, my friend, will simplify your life.