It is not those with the most that feel continent, but those that feel they have the most.
We live in a self-suffocating society. Social media tends to be all about profiling and self-elevation. From name brand bags, to expensive vacations, to relationships, to glamorous shots- we seem to like ourselves a lot. Or do we just like people liking us?
I’m guilty of it. I continuously check on my most recent post to see how many likes I got. Or get overly excited about a name brand purse I got on sale (simply because of the name). I make sure my bio sounds impressive and would never be quick to post something that doesn’t look high quality.
Am I alone? (C’mon, you can admit it too!) Why do we think like this? Why is this such a toxic mindset that has poisoned this generation?
Comparison. Competition. Corruption.
It’s natural to see something you like or is appealing and then self-reflect. Do I look like that? Do I have that? Am I at that same level of attractiveness?
From comparing, that little green monster then latches onto you. You feel the need to prove your worth, image, and social reputation. Girls struggle most with this although men are not exempt. We will compete to see who has the prettiest face, nicest clothing, possessions, most attention, and most extravagant sparkling life.
From this mindset, we are corrupted. We lose gratefulness and the understanding of being truly thankful. Instead of being content of where we are at, who we are, and the life that we currently live- our minds tell us, “It’s not enough”.
Although we want to better ourselves (spiritually, characteristically, educationally, occupationally), you must be careful that you are not operating from that corrupt mindset of comparison and competition.
With Thanksgiving upon us, I just wanted to encourage you to be truly thankful. Look at what you have and be grateful. Look at your finances and be grateful. Look at where you are in your life and in this season and be grateful. Look at your job, your school, church, family, and friends and be grateful.
No matter how underprivileged or discouraged you may feel when scrolling through your feed- recognize how much God has blessed you and how He continues to do so, especially in areas you cannot yet see.
(*If you need a Thanksgiving jam to get you in the grateful spirit, listen to: Be Grateful by Walter Hawkins. It’s an oldie but one of my favorites!)