Only Twenty Likes

As humans, especially adolescents, we crave attention. We crave to be told we’re good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. Social media has just encouraged our thirst. It seems the highest compliment we can give to each other is to comment under pictures with a compliment and heart- eyed emojis. Social media has set an unrealistic bar of “favorites” “followers” “likes” or “requests” that has made some question their self importance. A lot of teens now base their self-worth on likes and comments. Even if you deny it with your mouth, your actions speak other wise. Think about it: Do you post things that you know people will like? Do you get upset when you don’t get enough likes on a post? Or people don’t compliment you? We need to stop. Our confidence needs to come from within us, not based on texts or emojis typed on a computer screen. If you were to never get another like or comment on a picture…would that bother you? If I’m honest, yes. I like being told I’m pretty….I mean, who does not? Yet, it becomes a problem when I let my confidence be ruled by typed compliments and emojis. 200 likes doesn’t make you prettier or better then someone with 20. Another thought, social media has messed us up to thinking that a lack of friends or other people’s presence on social media means that we are lonely or that no one cares about us. Just because someone has more likes/favorites/followers doesn’t mean you are alone or that your self worth is any less. Just because someone has 200 likes and you have 20 does not mean you are not as beautiful or not as cared about. Instagram and Facebook have become a caliber that some have begun to measure their self-worth by. It has to stop. It becomes a problem when you base your self-worth on “followers” and “likes”. We need to learn how to be 100% okay and confident with ourselves. You are more then your selfie, you are more then your likes, you are more then your comments, you are more then who decides to follow you.  You are a child of the Most High. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Do not let anything change that for you.

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2 thoughts on “Only Twenty Likes

  1. Hey prima, I definitely agree that we should not be seeking the approval of man because then we would not be servants of Christ (Galatians 1:10). The only thing I would change in wording is that we shouldn’t be confident in ourselves which we see in scripture is true both in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart is deceitful above all things and you can read more about Paul’s personal struggles with the flesh but instead we should be confident in the cross and what was accomplished there and may we only boast in confidence in that (Galatians 6:14). Praise God for your faithfulness in following his calling in your life to go overseas, I pray you continue to encourage those around you to have a love for the lost!

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