Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Am I Trying to Impress?

This morning, I found myself overwhelmed and in tears. I let different stresses build up inside of me until they bubbled out this morning after something set me off.
 
I was angry that I was crying, and angry that I was feeling hurt. I started to think "If everyone worried about themselves more and less about what I am doing, the world would be so much better. I wish people weren't so critical." That line went through my head over and over again. Why are people so critical?
 
Then I thought "Why do you care so much? Who are you trying to impress?". And I realized I could turn that oh so popular phrase back around on myself. "If I worried more about what God thought and less about what other PEOPLE thought, the world would be so much better. Their criticism wouldn't be near as important to me."
 
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10
 
We work so hard and cause ourselves so much stress to try to please other people--our family, our friends, and complete strangers. That's not what it's about and I know that I lose sight of that daily. I decided to make myself a card with Galatians 1:10 on it to keep in my pocket as a daily reminder of Who I am living for and Who I am striving to please.
 
I believe that if we seek first to live as a servant of Christ, and seek Him first in everything we do, everything else will fall into place.
 
 
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why So Serious?

 
A question has been looming over me for a little while now and today it just exploded: When in the world did we start taking Facebook so serious?
 
Nothing personally happened with me today, it just seemed that my entire newsfeed today was drama.
 
I LOVE Facebook. I have friends and family all over the world and I love being able to connect with them...I love that it allows us to still follow each other's families and be updated on what everyone is doing.
 
But I have to wonder when it became more than that to some. (Please note I am every bit calling myself out too. I'm not above any of this).
 
But when I sat down at lunch today and was scrolling to pass some time (oh the joys of pumping!), I couldn't find anything pleasant to read. It was all drama. Everywhere.
 
Until I finally saw a Bible verse. And you know who posted it? An adult? No. A teenager. The drama? Mostly people twice my age.
What kind of example do we set when we get on Facebook and rant and rave and INTERNET YELL?
 
The song "Love them Like Jesus" came to mind. (Ohhhh I am SO talking to myself now!)
 
Someone cut you off in traffic today? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
Frustrated with people you are dealing with today? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
Someone reported something you posted on Facebook? Rant about it on Facebook, OR Love them like Jesus.
 
And yes. That's all things I saw today kind of grouped into three statements. I always heard growing up "Think before you speak", but I think I will have to teach my children in this technological age "Think before you post".
 
This is the challenge I'm presenting to myself. Facebook is a great communication tool, but it's not real life. (I'll also admit I use Facebook to store pictures because I'm convinced my phone will crash and I'll lose them all. I'm not crazy. It's happened before.) But it's not something to get worked up over.
 
I'm challenging myself to make EVERYTHING I post on Facebook the next week positive. I'll extend from there. Does this mean life is always perfect and you can't complain? Of course not. I'm not challenging myself to be fake. I'm challenging myself and anyone else, to see the good in the bad, and the benefit in the difficult. I'm challenging myself to remember the bigger picture and that there are more important things to get worked up about than who said what to Sally Sue down the road. I'm challenging myself to take my frustrations and my anger, to God and not to Facebook; to be real with Him; to talk with Him like the best friend and Father that He is.
 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
 
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