But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (CSB)
Social media can create a lethal environment of comparison and competition — even, perhaps especially, when it comes to good things: a clean and organized home, happy children, eating delicious food, serving the marginalized. It’s easy to feel insecure or inadequate, and despite everything that’s happening in the world right now, those feelings might not easily hide away.
We’re constantly scrolling trying to stay on top of the latest news, but in the midst of it, we might see other parents who are more capably creating a productive home life for their kids stuck at home. We might see those with privileges we can only dream of on a regular day, let alone during a crisis. Our lack may come out in anger and frustration toward those closest to us, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We don’t have to pretend to have it all or have it altogether.
It’s not what we post that matters but the state of our hearts that matters the most. How do we treat those in our homes when everyone is in everybody else’s space? What’s our attitude like in response to the inconveniences caused by others, by the pandemic? Are we judging or are we compassionate? Are we looking out to see who’s in need or are only looking inward, hoarding everything we can because we can?
God looks at our hearts, desiring them to look more like His. May we be reflections of our God — loving others, advocating for them, caring for them as we do for ourselves.
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