I was listening to an audio book yesterday and it honestly reminded me how we can sometimes forget who we are if we’re too busy or focused on our to do lists. It even happens when we’re too focused on admiring other peoples successes and lives, which isn’t necessary bad, but we need to be careful when we give all of our attention to them lest they become our idol.
I tend to admire and look up to people a lot especially those on TV. For example; I love Chip and Joanna Gaines, whom started off with a show called “Fixer Upper” on HGTV. I LOVE watching them and learning of everything new they have going on to the point where sometimes I fantasize what It would be like if I met them in person. It’s not a bad thing to follow their journey or want to meet them, but it becomes an idol when they are all I think about.
In these times, it’s so easy to idolize people and loose our true identity if we’re not careful especially when it comes to social media because the more we follow them the more we want to look like them.
The more we spend time using social media and looking up to people other than God, we can quickly loose ourselves and our true authenticity. Then we wonder why anxiety kicks in…
In order to not allow this to happen to us we need to make it a habit of reconnecting with God on a daily basis in order to also reconnect with our true selves.
Sunday services are great and very much needed for us to have a community to serve and grow with. But it’s also important to fill ourselves with God’s word on our own, that’s where real intimacy happens. Jesus teaches us how to pray in solitude when He’d go up to the mountain to pray this very prayer;
To give us this day our daily bread is to receive God’s word for us each day. Spending time in devotion to God and being reminded of His grace towards us as we learn to forgive others and ourselves. It also reminds us that we are not immune to temptation, clearly we’re all tempted in many ways, but God constantly equips us with His word to know what’s right from wrong. Not saying we will never fail, because we will, we’re imperfect people and we make both good and bad choices in hopes to learn from them.
So instead of constantly looking at what others are doing, let’s challenge ourselves by reconnecting with God. Let’s seek Him to know Him for whom He is. The more we get to know Him, the more we learn about ourselves and feel more comfortable in our own skin. I know this to be true because I have learned and continue to learn about confidence and being more comfortable in whom I am.
I know that I am not yet where I’d like to be when it comes to confidence, but I know I’m not where I used to be, and to me that’s a huge win, but it’s all by the grace of God towards me as, I too, learn to give myself grace….
The book I was listening to is, “Present Over Perfect,” which you can purchase by clicking the link below. Disclaimer: This link is partnered with Amazon Associates Program which generates a small percentage of income towards my account by purchasing products from my blog. You’re also welcome to download this book on audio for free on the “Hoopla App” with simply using your library card.