Looking at the Big Picture: What Really Matters
Whenever I get home from work, I find myself scrolling through my Facebook feed, wondering what I've missed.
In these few moments, I see snippets of people's lives - photos, memories, videos, articles and web pages they are interested in.
As I look through this daily update of what people I know are doing, I find myself saying, "Boy, it'd be nice if I had that dress," or "Gee, it'd be great to visit Hawaii like that."
What I forget about Facebook or any social media site is that those are only the moments that people want you to see.
They don't share photos of their nervous breakdowns, their messy closets or the epic house cleaning it took to get their living room that way.
Rather, we share pictures of happy times, positive occurrences or things we think the people who follow us should know.
The other thing I forget is the fact that we are not called to jealousy.
Not even those little fleeting moments.
Instead, if we are having difficulty or a time of shortage in certain areas of our lives, we are called to count it "all joy," as it says in James 1:2.
It's perfectly fine to keep track of your friends' lives and interact with them over social media. However, it is not good to envy what they have or what they are doing.
It isn't a healthy mind set, and it isn't what we see Jesus doing in the Gospel.
In Matthew 8:20, Christ says "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
He wandered the world as a homeless man, but continued to give all he had to the people.
He gave his gifts, he gave his talents, he gave his wisdom, he gave his heart and ultimately, he gave his life.
I need to remember that instead of chasing a life that is "worthy" of Facebook shares, I should chase a life worthy of Christ.
I need to give of myself even when I feel spiritually destitute, serve the people when I feel broken and rise above the circumstances when I am faced with difficulty.
It can be hard in this world so bent on "getting more," but sometimes what is more is actually less and the things we so desire end up being hollow.
What good is a perfect life, a perfect home and a perfect Facebook photo if it does nothing for the Kingdom?
What good is a life lived in the present, storing up treasures here on earth while your spiritual vault remains empty?
Instead of asking myself, "Why isn't my life like so-and-so's life?" I need to ask myself, "Why isn't my life like Jesus' life?"
If we walk in faith, follow Christ and actually take up that cross and bear it, we can move mountains. We can heal the sick, feed the hungry, provide for the poor and save souls in the process.
I can't think of another picture I'd be more proud to have on my profile.
Let's quit looking social media as some kind of guide to success, gather up our God-given lives and go change the world.
If one picture can speak a thousand words, think of what the big picture is saying.
The big picture is one only God can see, but I will tell you that working for the Lord and dithering the Gospel is worth more "likes" and "shares" than you will ever get on Facebook.
As they said at the end of each service at my old church, "Go in peace, and serve the Lord."
The church would say, "Thanks be to God."