Monday, June 17, 2019

VERIFIED: My Identity Is In Christ, Not Social Media


        Every morning I wake up and Pray, read the Bible, check my emails then indulge in social media (all while my son is still sleeping lol). Lets be honest most of us who have social media accounts have in some way incorporated scrolling and "liking" post into our everyday routine, especially if you have a business or a platform that requires you to connect with people all over the world. For me social media has become a business tool for marketing my brand and a platform that helps me stay connected with old friends and family.

        Its a good feeling seeing old friends succeeding, getting married and having children, watching family members grow up and graduate or read an article on how a good samaritan saved someones life all from an app on our cellphones. But sometimes shared information isn't always good information and everything isn't worthy of being posted. For most people social media has become a platform to express themselves, but in what form does expression become exploitation? And why are so many people loosing their identities trying to fit in or standout?

        At some point in our lives we've all done things we weren't proud of. I didn't always surround myself with the right people or make the right decisions, but Ive always had a heart to help and inspire people to do better and want better. It wasn't until I came to know Christ and discovered who God called me to be that I was able to find an outlet where I could share my story and inspire others. I started to utilize Instagram and Facebook as my outlet to share my testimony on how God changed my life. I drew inspiration from all the toxic and negative things Ive seen on social media everyday. I made it my mission to be an example of Christ to those who are lost and searching.

        I gave my life to the Lord because I knew I wanted more out of the life I was living, it wasn't enough to just go through the motions of everyday life lost without an answer to my problems. We get so caught up in whats going on around us that we start to find ourselves identifying with what we see. Social Media has become so influential in the lives of many and people are starting to find themselves comparing what they see on the internet to their actual lives. Its so easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing especially when it seems like your missing out on a "good time". But is it worth sacrificing your integrity for a couple of "likes" online? Ask yourself this, would I be doing what Im doing if I couldn't post it for the world to see?

       At the end of the day there is nothing wrong with interacting on social media, there are so many positive outlets that we have access too we just have to tap into those things that promote the goodness of this world and not evil. For me, that purpose is doing what God called me to do and thats to be the shining light in this dark world, if it takes me updating my status everyday with a Godly message or posting a picture of my family God blessed me with, I know Im reaching someone  somewhere and what I share could impact their lives for the greater good.

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