Today, something so beautiful crossed my daily Instagram scroll. It was a post by Rachel Allene, with the following photo and caption:
“You are enough. Regardless of external opinions or comments. Regardless of how much work you accomplish today. It doesn’t matter how many clients you have. Or many friends like your photo. Just you is enough! It’s so hard to remember this in a world inundated with social media and curated images, but I’m here to remind and support you. Tag three friends who need to hear this today. Hugs!”
Ephesians 4:2-3 nudges us with the following passage: “2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Galatians 5:22-23 reminds us, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
People are fragile, and we need Jesus. We need Jesus to keep us on track, to validate us and to realize our worth in Him. The Internet boasts of things that we could never capably feel adequate enough to surmount to. “Curated” simply means that these things are professionally styled and arranged to achieve a certain look and reach certain audiences.
Instagram images are oftentimes gorgeous, seamless and “perfect” in every sense of the word. With the right filters, fonts, angles, lighting, dimensions. Can we ever truly live up to that? That stylized perfection? If we are not formally studying design, how can we? Exactly– we can’t. So why stress yourself out over it? Why drool over everything that you see? It only makes you want to have that, which can turn into coveting.
We are not to covet things and we are not to desire greatly to please our flesh by wanting the things of others. Everybody is facing something that we know nothing about. Perhaps they are struggling with this very thing of covetousness, want, jealousy. Perhaps they are looking outward instead of inward, out instead of up.
Let us be sovereign in how we treat one another and with constant meekness and gentleness. Some people struggle with this daily, myself included sometimes. But, when I reach those moments I come to my senses, put down the phone and realize that Jesus is enough. Jesus is enough for me.
God’s Beloved~ xo,