How familiar I was with this video from Brian Williams on tonight’s NBC News:
As Williams says “…Facebook can full-on bum you out.” While these world are not the typical words expected from a journalist, the sentiment could not be more true.
How many of you have Facebook Envy?
I have it all of the time.
I see my friends and old boyfriends married with children. I see fabulous vacations all over the world, and new babies coming into the world. I see major physical transformations, phenomenal jobs, great health.
My life seems so sub-par compared to all of your fantastic, perfect, well-orchestrated lives.
Granted, I think my life is pretty great. Sure, I’ve dealt with car accidents, surgery and a disappointing love life. But I love my job. I love to write and have been able to write more in the past year. I find myself on many mini life adventures, and I see God in random, odd and beautiful places. I have so many people in my life who I truly love and feel their love in return.
And I go on Facebook because my friends truly are my community.
We pray together when times get rough. We cheer for each other when something works out. We repost each other’s writings. We are family. For better or worse, I am deeply connected to those who I primarily see on Facebook.
Yes, I will continue to feel bad about my non-existent plans on Valentine’s Day while seeing pictures of all of your gifts. My heart will hurt a bit each time another friend gets engaged. My womb will ache because I haven’t had children. And I will continue to criticize myself when I see how easy it was for friends to lose weight.
I am human, after all.
As you read this, you may think to yourselves how your life is a lot less perfect than your Facebook profile. Each of our lives have challenges, but our Facebook is typically our very best selves. Facebook can be our best tool in connecting us with those we love or can be a source of repeated heartache. How we frame our time on Facebook can be the difference between pain or joy. What would it mean for us to remember each time we log on that Facebook is everyone’s brag book and everyone is still carrying a heavy load?
I wonder how would Jesus’ Facebook experience look like? Here’s a guy who probably wasn’t married or had kids. He wasn’t rich, and many people were saying some crazy things about him.
…As if Jesus would care.
In my belief, Jesus wouldn’t experience the same envy that some of us experience. He’d just be happy having a relationship with each of his Facebook friends. He would be praying with those who hurt and cheering with those who celebrate.
Yeah… I still have a ways to go to be like Jesus.
But I’m glad to see him all the time when I’m on Facebook…