So, I am 27. With that, I have a lot of friends that are married. And even more now, I have a lot of friends that are starting to have kids. Me? Still single. It could be easy for me to throw myself a pity party about how all these other people are reaching life’s milestones and I am stuck in my singleness. However, that would be an extremely sad view to have and ultimately a sinful place to stay because it would be not trusting God’s goodness to me. Do I not believe that God is sovereign?! If He is (which to clarify I do believe He is) – I am not missing out on life’s milestones. God has something else for me.
I got all worked up about it this morning because it was the perfect combination of posts and comments I was seeing on social media sites. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram – all morning it was other people complaining about what other people post. I read this article on The Onion and it pushed me over the edge. I had to write something – not sure who will read it, but at least I am getting the thoughts out of my head.
People should be free to be themseleves and post what they love. What stirs their affections for Jesus – even if that means every Instagram a woman ever posts is of her children. She loves them. Adores them. They give her joy – so she is sharing the joy with you. If you are that upset about it, don’t follow her – but before you unfollow, could you stop and ask why it makes you so annoyed? Couldn’t you be happy with her – smile with her at what gives her joy? Social media is a great connector, as long as it is not our only form of connecting. It is a way to stay up to date on someone’s life. For my followers on Instagram, you will see a lot of pictures of my cat (and if you follow some of my close friends you will see even more). Willow (my cat) gives me so much joy – an overwhelming amount. She has brought feelings in me that I have never expereienced – it seriosuly is a shadow of what I think it would be like to be a mom. I do think she is adorable and thus I post pictures of her. I went back and looked to make sure I was posting pictures of other things, too – and sure enough, I was – but I will admit she appeared a lot.
I will be the first to admit, I am guilty of getting annoyed with some people’s posts. I do wonder why I still follow some people – but I want to be careful that my annoyance isn’t rooted to a deeper issue of jealousy or discontentment that stems out of a lack of trust in my Father. And maybe it isn’t that for everyone – maybe it is a lack of joy or excitement for someone else – either way, it is worth stopping and asking yourself, “Why am I having this response?! Lord, is there something deeper going on in my heart?”
Just a thought. Has had me thinking this morning, so wanted to share it. For those of you that posted something a long those lines this morning, if you read this – not a passive callout. You know we shall chat about it the next time we get a chance, as we always do 🙂
Do any of you have thoughts on this? What is your approach?