PRESSURE, SOCIETY, AND ANXIETY
The media, unfortunately, dominates our culture by flooding the minds of our population with what is “in style.” And then there is social media, which can be just as (if not more) influential. The world of Instagram is where people create this persona of what their lives are like—posed pictures, beautiful scenery, vibrant colors, and of course, the perfect caption. A large majority of it is so fake.
Millenials are constantly exposed to social media. So we begin comparing ourselves to other individuals, making us feel obligated to have the perfect house with a perfect body, always eat clean, post perfectly posed pictures, etc. It can place unnecessary pressures and anxiety on us (if we let it). And if we don’t conform to these pressures, we feel like we aren’t good enough. But we’ve got it all wrong.
Evaluating yourself by worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and miss your true value in God’s eyes. If we get wrapped up in the world, we start believing the messages it is feeding us—that you have to look or act a certain way or have certain accomplishments by a particular age. But if we fill our minds with Biblical truth, then we will know the basis of our self-worth is our identity in Christ, not the “quality” of our Instagram account.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” Romans 12:2a
The devil will use anything and everything to make us feel insufficient, even your best friend’s Facebook posts. That’s why you must: (1) Be firm in your faith and resist him, 1 Peter 5:8-9 and (2) Know that you are a child of God, and He loves you no matter what; nothing can separate you from God’s love, Romans 8:38. He doesn’t care what your house décor looks like or how in-shape you or if you have the most eye-catching Instagram. He looks at your heart. These are the Biblical truths I’m talking about.
I’m not trying to bash IG or FB because some aspects of them are great. Just don’t become so consumed in social media that you allow it to dictate how you view your self-worth. You are good enough—don’t let anything in this world tell you otherwise!
The world is evil, which is why Jesus gave His life to rescue us from it, Ephesians 4:23.