If you’re like me, you often find yourself lost in the depths of social media profiles while you procrastinate on your to-do list, putting “likes” before laundry. What started as a harmless click-of-an-app has led you to the feed of your friend, your friend’s cousin, your friend’s cousin’s sister, your friend’s cousin’s sister’s dog, and finally, on the page of a twenty-something California girl who probably isn’t part of the family tree anymore. You’re 52 weeks back on Instagram, and the water on the stove hasn’t started boiling yet.
What was supposed to be a couple minutes of scrolling turns into hours of mindless wishing, dreaming, and exasperated sighs as your stare at the picture-perfect lives of others from your living room couch.
We’ve all been there. Social media is a powerful tool, but it can also be dangerous. It leaves us feeling like our lives don’t measure up if we don’t have our dream job, our dream relationship, or the right shot of our dinner before we take the first bite (guilty). Quickly, it feels like who we are, what we have and what we are doing isn’t enough anymore.
We stare at other people’s profiles and think, “God, why hasn’t my life panned out like this?”
Lately, I’ve needed to put the phone down and ask Jesus to remind my soul of this: the value of God’s plan for my life is not lessened by the value of His plan for yours.
We all have days we think our lives would look better with a filter, but God’s plans for your life are no less unique, important or valuable than those of the people in your “most recently searched” page.
Jeremiah 29:11 says this: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The day that God created you, He had a plan. On the days that you feel like you don’t have anything together, He still has a plan. One of the most beautiful things about this plan is that it means your life isn’t going to look the same as your favourite instagrammer’s does. Your gifting’s, your calling’s and your life as a whole are going to look different. And the best part is—if you could see the intricate design of your own story, you wouldn’t change a single page.
When you free yourself to revel in the fact that the creator of the universe knows what He is doing with your life, you are able to look at others with a whole new perspective. Instead of the weightiness of feeling less-than, the accomplishments of others become an opportunity to rejoice. To hit “like” without feelings of resentment and frustration.
The next time you find yourself scrolling, take a second to thank God for the unique plan He has for you. Find peace in His assurance that you are enough.