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now you see it…

… now you don’t.

Social networking, mainly Facebook, gives us a great way to connect and reconnect.

But there is a downside. Have you ever closed your laptop and felt that twinge of envy because of what someone’s life looks like?

You know what I mean.

You didn’t get many likes.

Someone who has hurt you looks like they are doing just great.

They are on vacation and you can’t afford one.

Her family looks so perfect!

That’s the downside. Recognize it. Because if you’re hurting about something, this can just make you feel worse.

If you want to continue using social networking, you have to remember this one thing: things are not always what they seem. 

I don’t know why we do this, but we really believe what we see as truth. It isn’t always an honest assessment of how someone is really doing. That post is just a snapshot of one moment.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t learn to be happy for people – to celebrate with them.

It means that we’re human and we are prone to being hurt.

Learn to use social networking with your eyes open.

If you can’t, consider taking a break from it or keeping a small network of friends.

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 Photo credit: Sean MacEntee / Foter / CC BY


Photo credit: Sean MacEntee / Foter / CC BY

 

focus.

It’s understandably easy to focus on all that goes wrong in our lives. Especially when one thing after another goes wrong. Especially when you know you’ve worked really hard at something, only to have it taken away.

We all have moments like this in life. It’s important, especially these days with social networking (e.g Facebook, Twitter) where everyone has a platform and an audience, to not compare yourself with others. Because that snapshot of their day is not indicative of them being better off than you.

Let me say it again: that snapshot of their day is not indicative of them being better off than you.

Where is your focus? You get to choose, you know.

Focus begins with those moments throughout the day that give us a smile or a memory. You know, the little things.

When I see a new bird show up at the feeder, this makes me happy. I can have so much on my mind, and yet, this little bird makes time stop and all is well.

When the colors begin to pop up through the last traces of melted snow, this makes me happy.

All of us are surrounded by creation and we are wired to respond. Summer nights watching the dotted flashes of orange glow in the meadow, the pitter-patter of rain lulling us off to sleep, and do we ever get tired of looking at sunsets?

Focusing on the beauty is not denying the existence of ugliness. It’s choosing to believe the beauty is there for a reason. Otherwise God would not have put it there.

It gives us hope. It helps us trust.

And it’s the true snapshot of eternal life with God.

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