If I Could Just

If I could just feel it.

If I could just be that.

If I could just go there.

If I could just change it.

If I could just fix it.

If I could just make it go away.

Always waiting for something, always looking for something, always asking for something, aren’t we? And yet the secret is this, we find time and time again: the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

Yes, you heard me, it’s not. I know this, and deep down, so do you.

If you got that thing you’ve always wanted and if you were that person you’ve always thought you should be there would still be a hole because you are not perfect, neither am I, and we aren’t promised tomorrow. These longings that we have ultimately meet their end in a land that we have yet glimpsed.

Heaven is the other side… and there, we will find our green grass and so much more.

Until then, I don’t have much of a solution for the “If I could just” syndrome. All I can say is that He is enough, and I am enough because He is in me. You are enough because He is in you.

Being consumed with what we think life should be or could be can be crippling… so crippling that it can prevent us from actually living. I encourage you to simply trust God with yourself and your life. Live in His presence today, not in your worries, concerns, and desires.

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Social Media Checks & Balances: The Great Temptation

One of the great temptations of social media is to view it as a chance to create or recreate your ideal self. We have the ability to project any one characteristic on our followers and friends. Generally speaking, you can “be” inspiring, bold, friendly, loving, encouraging, wise, intelligent… a professional, a preacher, an expert. …This, I think we can all agree on, can become a problem.

I don’t believe it’s an epidemic in our society (yet), just a trap that’s easy to fall into in the midst of great ambition and aspiration.

So, today I want to employ Check & Balance #2, which I believe is a truth that will ensure healthy social media engagement:

Social Media should not be employed to recreate or define our identity. 

It should affirm and express who we already are. 

So, I want to pose a few questions that could help in forming a healthy view of our “online identity”:

  • If someone you have a relationship with checked your Twitter or Facebook, would they be shocked by your content?
  • If social media crashed, what part(s)/how much of your identity would be lost with it?
  • Have you ever known someone or noticed yourself falling into this trap?

Hopefully these questions are, at minimum, thought provoking. I think this check & balance will lead us [myself included] into or ensure that we are living authentic on and offline.

As always, thoughts, questions, and concerns are welcomed!