Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Instagram Isn't Real

Contentment, Part Two


Happy Tuesday Friends! Ronnie and I just got back from an amazing weekend in Seattle. I will share more about our trip later this week, but today I want to share about the incredible message we were blessed enough to hear at City Church in Seattle. City Church is a church we've been looking forward to visiting for awhile. We both love listening to the lead pastor, Judah Smith's weekly messages. I was so inspired and encouraged this weekend and want to share with you what I heard!


The title of this blog post probably caught you off guard, because I am one of Instagrams biggest fans. Pastor Judah spoke about contentment this weekend, and I don't know about you, but it was a message my heart was needing in a huge way. I've been wrestling this idea of contentment for the past few weeks. What does Instagram have to do with this, you ask? I have to be honest and admit that often, I am scrolling through Instagram, and suddenly feeling real bad about my life. Feelings of jealously, envy, bitterness, and irritation start bubbling to the surface.  I love Instagram, but it definitely doesn't always leaving me feeling more content about my own life. Judah Smith said "With all the angling, and all the cropping, and all the filtering, its not real life." What is on Instagram is a small, edited picture into people's lives but somehow, they leave us (or maybe its just me) feeling discontent with what I have and longing for what I wish I had.

Now, don't think that I am going to delete my instagram account and avoid all social media. No, but what I hope to do is have more of an awareness of the siren song of discontentment that social media can sing to me. Of my temptation to compare and covet. I hope that I can remember to count my own blessings before I desire what someone else has. Its not just Instagram though-feelings of discontent creep up everywhere. They creep up at work, at church, in my friends homes and driving down the street next to a nicer car than mine. They creep up suddenly, unexpectedly, and sadly, often. Social Media isn't the only place, its just one place.

Here is why I am going to continue to seek God and work on having a settled and content heart. One that is geninuenly happy for other people. One that is content with blessings God has given me. One that remembers my identity isn't in my bank account, or my title at work, my popularity, the car I drive or the size of my house, but that my identity is found in God alone. On Sunday, Judah broke down the verse 1 Timothy 6:6 and gave us three reasons why we should be seeking contentment:

1. Life is a short-Every day that we are discontent is a day lost, a day wishing we had that new car or bigger house or a bigger bank account. If we aren't careful, we will spend one day feeling discontent with the life we have, and that day will turn into a week, and then suddenly its been months, and years where we've been bitter and wishing for a different life. Our discontent and desire for what we don't have steals our contentment and gratefulness for the blessings we do have.

2. God is Faithful-God knows what we knows when we need it. Our discontentment puts ourself in the position in the position of provider, of the caretaker, and we essentially forget the fact that God is faithful, He is sovereign, and He will take care of us. Maybe we won't all drive the newest BMWs and live in the biggest homes, but God will take care of us. He is faithful, and Has never made a promise He hasn't kept.

3. A lust for money will destroy us-Judah makes it clear that it isn't money itself that is the problem, & that being rich isn't bad, but what the problem is is that obsession, that craving, that desire above anything else for money is what leads us into destruction. Its what tears families apart, it causes people with this craving to sacrifice  family, friends, and even has caused people to wander from their faith. An obsession with money and wanting more will always leave us discontent, and has the potential to lead us into very dark places.

My discussion of this sermon doesn't come close to comparing to how well it was delivered at church on Sunday. If you too maybe struggle with contentment, and want to know how to experience more contentment in your life, Judah also discusses this in the sermon.You can listen online here. I would STRONGLY encourage you to take 40 minutes and watch the sermon. Put it on while you fold laundry, or sit down with your journal and a cup of coffee and watch it because it will change your life. I desperately needed this message and I believe God brought us to City Church on this specific weekend because he wanted to speak to my heart in a powerful. Does He want to speak to yours too?




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15 comments:

  1. Being content can be so hard sometimes. I have to remind myself sometimes how luck I am! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. In high school my heart would physically hurt when I watched shows like Laguna Beach, because I wanted their lives so bad. I remember discussing all the same things you mentioned above with my small group at that time. I felt better, but I still struggle with contentment all these years later! Thanks for this reminder today!

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  3. I was praying about this, this morning. So reading this today was perfectly timed!

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  4. Perfect post and beautifully written. I too struggle with comparing to others, especially on Instagram and other forms of social media. It's easy to get lost in others dream lives. Thanks for the reminder to fight it!

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  5. Girl. I needed to see this today. I think we all have that problem, whether we choose to admit it openly or not. I too have struggled with this in the past, but I have had to remind myself that I have my own blessings that I'm sure others look at and wish for as well. It's human nature to want what we don't have and be envious of others, but you are so right. This is a great post girl!

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  6. This post came at a perfect time for my husband and I. We've been struggling with contenentment for awhile now. We complain that we feel like we are in a "transition" stage. But that's all life is. One big transition to the next. Thanks for the reminder that happiness is mostly about contentment.

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  7. Love this girl. Thank you for this <3. Xx.

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  8. I love this post-- this is the second post on contentment I have read today & it's such an important concept/topic/whatever to be aware of otherwise it can really get you down and take over your thinking. It's so easy to get caught up thinking that self worth is equivalent to net worth or how much stuff you have- so not true! <3

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  9. I read this verse a few months ago and have since memorized it. I think it speaks to our current culture so well:

    James 3:16 "For where you find envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every evil practice."

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  10. I absolutely love this post. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been house-bound for the last few weeks with neck and head pain, and it is so easy to look at social media and feel like I am missing out on fun times and "reall life, instead of enjoying my few pain free moments with my family, which I wouldn't have had! It is so tempting to be envious, but then I remember that no one posts their boring and mundane aspects of life--they craft their social media, just like me.

    Sarah | www.seriouslysarah.net

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  11. Oh yes. And yes. For me Instagram isn't an issue because I enjoy the art of it (the major I wish I'd pursued in college rather than the communications I received), but I do notice that I look at the lives, fashions, things of my real life friends and just wish. Like, I love the things they're doing and then I look at them and wish I was doing them too. :) Contentment can be SUCH a challenge especially when we're all running these different races that look so fun compared to our own!

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  12. This is something I struggle with immensely! Why are we so tied to materials of this world? At least that is my issue. I somehow believe that by purchasing something it will bring me happiness when that is absolutely incorrect! Its temporary satisfaction that leaves me wanting more. Why would I want more when He gives me His all? So, so frustrating! Thankful for this post!

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  13. I love this post. While I love social media sometimes i need to take a break b/c of jealousy or envy. I should be thankful for what I have and what God has blessed me with.

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  14. This post was so so good!! I loved it! Thanks so much for the feature! I loved it. :)

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  15. Yes to all of this!! Such a good reminder! God is ALWAYS faithful and will provide far beyond our momentary wants (or what we feel like are "needs,haha)! Great words!

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