Facebook. Has anyone out there been tempted to "keep up with the Jones'" via Facebook? Like, feel the need to come up with a witty status update...or upload a new photo album because you just saw your friends great new pics? I will admit that I have. Not really about material things...in fact, during the time of our kitchen remodel I got really upset with Tim for seeking Facebook input for decisions about major purchases (dishwasher, flooring, etc). I didn't want people to think we were spending money left and right.....didn't want them to get the wrong IMPRESSION!! I do find myself tempted when I see a fellow mom's latest pictures posted of her being silly with her kids....after a day when I've done nothing but crab at mine. Or when another mom posts about her kids raising money for Haiti....on a day that mine sulked about the dinner menu.
I think I see a theme here.....OTHER moms, OTHER kids. OTHER. How is it that ten minutes on Facebook, or a conversation with a friend, or whatever....can cause me to forget how GOOD God is to me? How rich my life is? How blessed I am? I'm sad that it happens, but I'm so glad I don't have to stay there in that state of comparison. I've made the wrong choice many times, and yet each time I'm given a clean slate of choices.....compare and sulk...or thank God for my blessings AND my friends' blessings?
I do have to fight the "impression" temptation. Boy, is that yucky. Facebook can sure feed that temptation, but it certainly doesn't have to.
Lord, keep my eyes on you. Help me to rejoice in YOU, so that I can rejoice for others.
John 1:16 From the fullness of God's grace we have all received one blessing after another.