“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
Social Media is a slippery slope. Many people put things out there to share with their real and social media friends and their families. Usually it is when they look their best or if something good happens to them. Studies have shown how it triggers anxiety or sadness to those who constantly see it in their feeds. The nickname, Fakebook, for Facebook is all too true.
I was on Instagram and a lovely woman posted a picture and wrote about her husband. She talked about how he is a mighty man of God and how blessed she is to have him be the leader of her family. I imagined that he gathered his wife and kids and led a prayer everyday. They probably studied The Bible together and had one devotional as a couple and one with their children. I felt this twinge of disappointment. My husband goes to church and that’s about it. But I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Pray for him to be what God would want him to be. Not what this husband is for his family.”
My mind flooded with things that my husband has done that are awesome. Here are some good that have occurred in our almost 15 years of marriage:
- I have seen the toilet seat up 2 times
- doesn’t play video games or have any social media accounts
- doesn’t buy the newest gadgets or gamble on fantasy football leagues
- works hard as a public school math teacher and has missed work 5 days in 18 years
- takes our daughter on “daddy-daughter” dates every week since she was 4 years old, she is 9 now
- tells me he loves me and our daughter everyday
I realized, I have it really good.
The fact is the enemy uses social media to create discontent and depression. I have put myself on social media restrictions because of this very thing. The moment I begin to feel disappointment, I shut it off. God wants us to be thankful in all things, not depressed.
Honestly, I am glad that the lady I mentioned on Instagram has a wonderful man of God for a husband. There needs to be more men like him and my husband in this world.
Lesson Learned: I know what is true and it isn’t on social media.
“Dear Heavenly Father, remove discontent from my life. Show me daily your goodness. Reveal the distractions that the enemy puts before me. Give me the strength to not give into disappointment, real or manifested by social media. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”