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Millennial Monday – The Pursuit of Happiness

Millennial Monday – The Pursuit of Happiness

The grass is always greener on the other side. We’ve heard this phrase many times in our lifetimes, but do we stop and consider the truth it speaks?

For some, the first thing they do in the morning is scroll through their social media newsfeed. There you can find the good, the bad and the ugly. But most likely, you will find copious amounts of the good.

It is true that people have become more transparent with their social media content, airing their dirty laundry, so-to-speak. But the facts remain that most of what we see on social media is a highlight reel of other people’s lives.

Scrolling through our different news feeds, we subconsciously compare our lives to the lives of others.

“Wow that girl has lost so much weight, she has her life way more in order than I do.”

“She cooked a three-course meal for her family. I barely have time to run through the drive-through for mine.”

“That guy from high school just landed an amazing job. What am I doing so wrong that I don’t have a great job like him?”

These are just few examples of questions we might ask ourselves after consuming social media from many different outlets.

For some, they feel handicapped by their own inadequacy according to what they see online. For that person, who often has been me as well, there is Good News.

Throughout the Bible the Lord tells us where our worth is found — in Him.

1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

And Romans 12:3 offers this humbling warning when concerning how we think of ourselves, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

After you’ve gone to Scripture and prayed about how you’re feeling, I encourage you to step away from your social media accounts for a couple of days, a week or so, if you can stand it.

During this time, think about where the Lord has you right now. He has intentionally placed you where you are. There are no accidents when the Lord is involved.

This is something I’ve focused on accepting. There are no accidents; there is no luck when the Lord is present. He works all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28).

Once you return from your hiatus, if you choose to, look at your news feeds with fresh eyes. And on bad days, just put it down and step away.

Those who post the bad, say a quick prayer for them. Those who post the good, thank the Lord for the good He’s done in your “friend’s” life. They are technically your “friend” after all!

Just as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

About The Author

Emily Howsden
Emily Howsden

Emily Howsden is staff writer and digital content coordinator for the Baptist Messenger. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and an active member at First Moore Baptist Church where her husband Casey is the college minister. Together they have a son, Silas Dean, who was born in 2018. In her free time she enjoys spending time relaxing with her husband and son, spending time with her big family, photography and going to Target.

Emily Howsden has blogged 110 posts at wordslingersok.com

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