Friday, Jul 10, 2020

Everybody’s Doing It: Choose to Reflect Christ Over the Image of Others

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Alecia M. White
Alecia M. White
Author, blogger, lover of coffee, and all things Jesus. By profession, Alecia is a teacher and administrator. She recently published her first book "The Thing Is...", a poignant look at suffering and endurance. She is privileged to share her love for Christ through her writing.

So, I was on Instagram scrolling one day, like most days. This particular day, I noticed several profiles had adopted the same sort of organizational layout with their feeds. They were all set up with that “block, photo, block” pattern. It was as if a memo went out for everyone to switch at the same time because I hadn’t noticed it before.

Well, I didn’t get that memo. But, I started thinking about how cute it was and I began rethinking my own feed. The thing about me considering this change is that social media is a reflection of who we are and the things we do. So, my page is kind of set up sporadically, like my personality LOL. I post as I feel, in the way I feel reflects me the best.

Everybody's Doing ItAnyhoo, I was thinking of changing it because, from what I saw, that’s the thing to do. Now, I have never been a follower. In fact, I don’t even take many hit show suggestions from people, because I watch what I watch.

Yet, here I am, planning out my social media makeover. I sat there trying to figure out what color scheme would work best and what photos I should keep and which to get rid of.

At that moment, I heard God say, “Why?”

Why what, you ask…? Well, God was asking me why I was changing what didn’t need to be changed. The only answer I had was literally, “because everyone else is doing it.”

And of course, I could immediately hear somebody’s mama belting out, “If everybody was jumping off a cliff, would you do it?!” And with that, my makeover ended quicker than it began.

God Chose You to be Different

Spiritually, there are times when we wonder if what others are doing will get us “there” faster. I know there have been times when I have stalked someone else’s steps because theirs seemed to move faster than mine – even though I was doing what God told me to do.

There will even be times when it seems that those who opt not to do it God’s way are ahead of you. Don’t fall for that facade, stay put until He tells you to move.

My point today is “be you”, the you that God created you to be. There will be times when someone else’s activity will cause you to think of readjusting your position without God’s permission. Don’t do it, teammate!

So, What’s the Play Call?

The latest trends that seem to get the most attention may not be your portion, even if everybody’s doing it. I know it isn’t mine. I was created to go the other route and maybe you were, too. Here are some things to remember when you want to change your reflection to match the world: 

  1. God made you just the way He wanted you to be. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14
  2. Your differences are why you are chosen. Yep, God wanted you this way so there is no need for you to conform to the way that everyone else is doing things. “For thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” Deuteronomy 14:2
  3. Your light cannot shine properly if you are a reflection of others versus Christ. Reflect the true Light, Jesus Christ. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Don’t change because of what you see. Be sure your moves are done in God’s timing, the way He planned. 

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