Likes, loves and notifications
So many of us search our own social media, need the notifications, look for the likes, the loves, care about the comments that affirm us, that make us feel proud about our posts, better about our lives. Meanwhile, the trolls and others who hide behind a username make lives unbearable by the banal and hateful posts they aim at others, trying to break them, their comments causing hurt.
And yet our worth lies not in online notifications or how many likes and loves we get on Facebook. “You look to one another for approval and are not concerned with the approval that comes from the one God?” Yes it’s nice to be liked, it’s good to get the thumbs up, the smiley face emoticons, the rounds of virtual applause, and we feel the pain of poisoned comments. And perhaps all of us can do more to affirm others, to speak words of support and nurture people’s own sense of worth, to be more kind. But who do we really live for? Who actually sees into our heart? From where and from whom do we really need affirmation? Whose comments really matter?
So if you’re struggling at work, at home, with friends, trying too hard to make an impression to get on, get noticed, feel as if your undervalued, overlooked, or just can’t measure up to what you think others expect of you, then maybe take the words of Jesus to heart. “You look to one another for approval and are not concerned with the approval that comes from the one God?” Facebook will fall by the wayside. Twitter will topple and wane. Our future with God is for ever. It’s his favour that we favour. His love that we need. A love that is notified in Christ. After all, it’s because God the Father loves the world so much that he sent his only Son. He is the Word made flesh. The final comment. The perfect post.
God our Father, when we are low, raise our eyes and hearts to you. When we need to be affirmed may we look to you for the love and compassion we need. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.