#clearthestage / some things in life are not meant to be social

In this age of social media, it’s so very tempting to broadcast our lives online.

Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat (which I still can’t figure out). Twitter. Insert whatever else takes your mental space online these days.

We see the good, the bad and the ugly from our “friends” and those we follow.

And most of the time – I might add – we see the best highlight reel in the newsfeeds that fill our time.

They went on that dream vacation.

She got a new car like I’ve always wanted.

He got that job promotion.

Their house is always so perfect and organized and clean.

Her kids are always dressed to a T.

I wish I could decorate like her and I had the money to get new stuff for my home.

Social media can be an addiction for me. I find myself unintentionally scrolling mindlessly for hours on end and comparing my life to those lives I wish I had. This is why I have to limit my time online.

I can’t keep up the comparison game. I can’t keep my eyes on everyone else and how I don’t measure up.

Then there’s the whole other side of the social media struggle.

If you’re like me, you struggle with the temptation to post or not to post. Maybe that’s just me…no??

Should I share this? 

Will someone think I’m bragging or being boastful?

Would this post inspire others or cause others to compare and bring up conflict?

These are some of the questions that run through my mind.

I always go back to the 3 I’s before I post anything online.

Is it INTERESTING?

Is it INFORMATIONAL?

Is it INSPIRING?

If it isn’t, I have no business posting. Period.

And lately, I’ve been adding one more checkpoint before I post –

I’m saying a quick prayer.

Lord, should I post this online or is this something you want me to keep in the stillness of my heart and within my family?

Some things in life are not meant to be social. Some things in life are not meant to be shared. It’s that simple.

Time to #clearthestage when it comes to social media.

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