It’s been one of those days… you know when you question yourself and why you even bother…?
To share your message or not to share your message. That is the question.
Brené Brown says, when you decide to be in the arena, be prepared to get beat up. She says “know that – the world keeps going, whether you like it or not. The critics are going to be in the arena so might as well invite them in. Also – don’t forget to invite yourself into the arena (as we are often our own worst critic). Yes it’s scary and terrifying to show up and be seen, but it’s not a scary and terrifying is getting to the end of our lives and thinking – ‘what if I would have shown up? What would have been different?’” (adapted from video Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count)
I would venture to bet that any and all people, at some point in their life, since social media has been introduced to our lives, that they have had some occasion when they wrestle with self-worth and compare self to all the “pinterest perfect” images that are portrayed online.
I personally have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love what potential it has to connect and share. But, at the same time it is such a TRAP! and for me particularly, it breeds a self-centered, competitive, spirit of contempt.
But what is REALLY happening here in my mind as I wrestle with these thoughts and feelings?!?
As a Christ follower, I am to “take every thought captive” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of mind. “Take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Malachi 2:16). Our state of mind is powerful in its effects. It can be the enemy that penetrates right into our soul and distracts our mind from God. There are certain attitudes we should never dare to indulge. If we do, we will find they have distracted us from faith in God. Until we get back into a quiet mood before Him, our faith is of no value, and our confidence in the flesh and in human ingenuity is what rules our lives.
Beware of “the cares of this world…” (Mark 4:19). They are the very things that produce the wrong attitudes in our soul. It is incredible what enormous power there is in simple things to distract our attention away from God. Refuse to be swamped by “the cares of this world.”
Another thing that distracts us is our passion for vindication. St. Augustine prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” Such a need for constant vindication destroys our soul’s faith in God. Don’t say, “I must explain myself,” or, “I must get people to understand.” Our Lord never explained anything— He left the misunderstandings or misconceptions of others to correct themselves.
When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block our fellowship with God. God never gives us discernment so that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” (from the beloved devotional His Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)
So where does this leave us, me particularly?
This world we live in…the world of social media we play in…it is all TEMPORARY! But God is ETERNAL!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13: 8
“Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLV
“Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:4
I find my identity, my worth in Christ alone. Yes, He has given me a message to share, and although the enemy will try everything to slow, stop and even push me so fast I miss it…I will NOT be distracted or deterred…so I say STEP ASIDE CRITIC (incl. self doubt). I will fulfill the mission. PERIOD.
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