“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17
Did you see that last part – “…anything that belongs to your neighbor”?
For anyone who’s been part of the social networking world, we’ve all hit that point where we don’t even want to log in anymore. Whether it’s because we’re lonely and everyone else seems to have great fulfilling relationships or if it’s because others appear to be achieving all of the goals we have yet to even reach for, social networks have the ability to showcase the best of everyone’s lives. We often forget that just as we wouldn’t display our weaknesses and vulnerabilities to the entire online world, neither would the friends we’re connected to online. I’m not about to declare to the entire world that I’m doubting my decisions about school or work or my love life; are you?
For the most part, that is a highly unlikely scenario and if people do post about the negatives it’s not an in-depth exploration of the emotions they’re experiencing. So, the next time you feel disheartened because everyone else seems to have it so together, remember that everyone has their struggles. They just choose to share them privately.
God provided that last commandment not only to protect your neighbor, but to protect you! He knows it eats us up inside when we allow ourselves to start comparing our lives to those around us. He also knows how easy it is for us to lose sight of his plans for us when we’re too busy looking at what’s going on with everyone else.
Take a look at this great article about social media envy.