It's interesting! I just started doing social media in September, 2014. I'm surprised at all I have learned, especially on Facebook. I particularly love the inspiring posts on the part of many. But what speaks the loudest to my heart is reading the comments and the cries such as:
- Why are we so critical and judgmental of each other?
- Why are we hurting, hating, bullying and killing others we do not like or who are unlike us?
- Why do we compare ourselves to others?
- Why do we set such high standards and strive for an unreasonable level of perfection?
- Where is our compassion, our kindness, forgiveness and our acceptance of others?
Hearing these cries does make me ask the question: Are we really entering an era of ridicule? Are we succumbing to a mindset of criticism? Whatever happened to The Golden Rule? It says, "Do unto others as you would have them do onto you." Has it been forgotten or does it not belong within our moralistic code anymore?
To all my Facebook friends, I say, "Keep sharing your inspirational messages, keep striving for a higher level of compassion, rather than a higher level of perfection." Let's not become so paralyzed by our pursuit of perfection that we lose our voices. Rather, let's become the voice that echoes God's standard, not our own contrived standard. When we echo God's standard, our voices will be powerful and mighty!
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others." Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV
As we go through each day during the next week, let's strive to "consider others better than ourselves." Perhaps we will be more inspired than ever!