A few weeks ago, I shared with you all how some pictures on Instagram had me feeling really low. In that post, I talked a little bit about worldliness and about guarding our hearts from social media. We have all been there! We have all felt like we aren’t measuring up. So I would like to discuss some REAL ways to combat that comparison and covetousness. Because honestly, I don’t think that these are things that we can just overcome once and for all. We have to keep our focus on the Lord—or like Peter we’ll begin to sink in the midst of one of these social media storms!
So here are a few ways that I’ve began to overcome comparison and covetousness..
1. By deleting ALL of my Social media accounts
Now I understand that this suggestion may be impossible (or just unlikely) for some of you. But I have to do what I have to do. If pictures and announcements of certain things make me feel invaluable or discontent then I need to stay off of social media networks, period. And I know that it’s necessary for me because I am so much more engaged in (and content with!) my own life now. So I encourage you to atleast take a break from social media. Unplug whenever you find yourself feeling worthless, jealous, or trying to emulate another person (which is also a work of the flesh according to Galatians).
*Emulation is an effort to match or surpass a person or achievement, typically by imitation. For example, we emulate celebrities when we follow fashion trends.
2. Minding my own business
The bible says that the eyes of man are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20), so if we don’t focus on our own lives and walk with the Lord we will be lured away by the pride of life and consumed by our own (or old) lusts. Whenever I’m meditating on the things that God desires of me (like Homemaking) I’m at peace. It’s when I get distracted by what women of the world are doing (like being “busy” entrepreneurs) that I start sinking. Remember how I mentioned Peter earlier? It’s true, we have to keep our focus on the Lord. He is my business, as in my portion or concern.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. ( Psalm 73:26)
3. Consider the scriptures
When I fix my thoughts on what is true and right, I am usually able to pull myself together. Sometimes the holy ghost will bring things to my remembrance and this is the only way to overcome worldliness (by abiding in the Spirit). When you see unbelievers (including lukewarm Christians!) seeming to live their best lives now.. don’t fret. Just remember what the bible says about all of this. MANY are on the broad road to destruction. Don’t despise your simple life. It takes real devotion and discipline to follow Jesus Christ.
In addition to meditating on the scriptures, I have become dependent upon prayer. And I’m talking about REAL communication and fellowship with the Father. Not that inconsistent, crying stuff we picked up from church people. Seriously, let God know how you feel about these things. Just be ready to repent in order to receive some deliverance. You may even have to fast if these things are strongholds in your life. Because ultimately, comparison and covetousness is sin. Comparison is a form of pride and covetousness is idolatry.
So I hope that this post helps. If you do remain on social media I encourage you to at least unfollow certain people (or pages and channels!) that make you feel some type of way.