Likes. Retweets. Shares. The little blue checkmarks. Things we all use to show that we have made it. Why do we seek the approval of others so much? When I was growing up, I can remember so many slogans that said, ‘Believe in yourself! It doesn’t matter what others think of you, only what you think of yourself!’ or ‘Be different, even if your alone!’ and yet, now, all the world holds as important is popularity and letting the opinions of others drive our opinions of ourselves. Why did we let go of the idea that what we think of ourselves is more important than what others think of us? When did we decide that the opinions of others is more important? The whole idea of social media was to bring people together, to connect with friends and family that are separated by distance. To share our lives with others to supplement our time spent together, not to count the number of likes, shares, comments, retweets, and clicks that small pieces of our lives get.
It’s time to listen to the One opinion that really matters. The opinion from God. Not the opinion of preachers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, friends, family, or co-workers. God’s opinion is the only opinion that really holds value on our lives. Sure, the opinions of those closest to you are important, but none can compare to the opinion that God has of you. God loves you and wants what is best for you, when you live for Him, it brings Him joy.
The next time you feel disappointment from zero likes on a post you think is amazing, remember, God loves everything you do that is in His Will. When your actions align with God’s Word, He is glorified. So, go and glorify the Father in all you do, both in real life and the digital one.