How do you perceive people? How do they perceive you? Social media has become a huge thing in the world. Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc all allow us to “shape” how people see us. Do you think some of your friends “have it all together” based on what you read about them in 140 characters or less? What do they think about you?
I want to caution you. Be careful how and what you think of people based on what you read in social media. Of course people, for the most part, post the good things happening in their lives. It is easy to think they have the perfect life, and that all is well. I often look at people when I am at the grocery store and wonder, “What is really going on in their lives when they leave?” You don’t know if their husband has cancer, or if they are in the middle of a separation. No one tells you that their child is out of control and they aren’t sure how to parent them. 140 characters is too little for anyone to “spill their guts” and quite honestly it is easier not to. We all like to think that we look like we have it together.
I don’t want any of you to think that about me. I don’t have it all together. My house does get messy, my kids don’t always listen to me, etc. What I want to pose here is how do we make sure we are giving an accurate description of who we are through Facebook, Twitter etc? How do we guard our hearts and minds so that we don’t think that everyone else’s life is perfect or at least easier than ours?
I know that I sometimes will compare myself to others in areas of my life, whether I like to or not. The Bible tells us “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 (but look at 2 Cor 10:7-18) “But let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Cor 10:17-18.
Don’t get me wrong. I really like Facebook. I like that I can keep in touch with friends and relatives, that in everyday life would be hard to do otherwise. I just wanted to warn you of a negative aspect of social media. Everything is not always just as it seems.