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onePeterfourten

So recently I’ve been reading a fantastic book that challenges your thinking about living a weird life for Christ in a normal world 🙂

I’ve been learning a lot! A lot about what I prioritise in my life, what areas I really need to bring before God and shake up because they’re lagging and how to live a more ‘unusual’ life that reflects the way God would want me to live. A life that stands out from the normal world.

One part of the book focused on our gifts, which I often struggle to grasp. I often feel that my gifts and talents are not as good as others – like, I can’t sing. Nope. Don’t ask me to unless you fancy your ears bleeding! I don’t play an instrument any better than a cat can bake a cake. My public speaking leaves much to be desired and my artistic skills resemble something not of this world!

But then I saw this verse in 1 Peter 4:10….”each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

And I couldn’t help but smile! God knew exactly what I needed to hear and at the right time. It says whatever gift…the verse is not purely directed at those people who can tap dance their way through a singing solo while whipping up a batch of red velvet brownies for all the people they teach in their painting and drama classes!! ^_^

It was as much for me as it was for them. I do have gifts that are worth sharing and serving others with, they just might not be the on-stage gifts.

And I am constantly in awe of those tap dancing bakers! Don’t get me wrong, what brilliant talents they have to serve God’s people.

But that’s not me.
Discerning what my gifts are is the first step in putting them into action and bringing glory to the Gift Giver!

What better way to say

thank youuuuu!

for the free gift from God than to put it into practice and shine the glory back on Him?!
Get on it!!

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Instalife

I just read an article in Relevant Magazine entitled

Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life

…and at first I wasn’t quite sure how to take it.

It was definitely food for thought, but then the more I thought about it – the more I got confused! Do I Instagram too much of what I perceive to be ‘my life’? Is anybody ACTUALLY interested in the statuses I write or do they simply ‘like’ them because that’s what you do?

On occasion I have found myself ‘liking’ a status without reading it because a) the writer is a friend of mine and b) I’m assuming it’s a good status! How pathetic. I obviously don’t care what this person has to say – why then should I expect others to care what I say?

Makes me think twice before uploading a random brainfart or funny moment from the office…does anyone REALLY care?

So, there come days when I feel very inclined to hit ‘deactivate account’ on my Facebook and Instagram and never again consider joining twitter….but then I remember that my parents and quite a lot of friends live overseas. Instagram and Facebook are the primary means in which I stay in contact with them…

So by deleting the accounts – by NOT sharing photos and thoughts and by NOT ‘liking’ theirs’ – am I being selfish?? Of course, there’s email and the ol’ snail mail. I could get back into the lost art of letter writing – which I happen to adore! Snail mail isn’t always trustworthy however, and not everyone checks email…those are my reasonings.

Am I right? Or am I justifying using Facebook to contact these few and far between friends and family in the hopes that OTHERS will see the ‘life’ that I lead? That it’s meant for the eyes of those I miss, but I secretly hope those around the corner will see it too.

This led me to consider more deeply why I follow certain friends on Instagram and Facebook and not others…and I instantly knew it was because their photos of their ‘perfect life’ filled with its ease, joy and brilliancy make me want to push them off a cliff! Am I this sort of villain for their lives as well then?

How incredibly unchristian – nay, inhumane! – of me! Some friend I am! Jealousy drips from me as I seethe, looking at their beautiful shot of the

romantic stroll on the beach

or the

awesome anniversary present

or the

perfect chocolate cake made in 4 minutes

!!

Jesus is not impressed with this side of me, I can tell you that.

So how does one turn the tables on this almost stalker-like obsession we have with watching utterly everything other people do?? How do I go from wanting to punch the person with the status of

taking kids to shops

and

like this status for a rate

to being at peace in Christ with myself and therefore being at peace with social media? -which by the way, is NOT GOING AWAY, so either get on board or move to a hole in the Simpson Desert! It’s here to stay, people. There is no escape. (That sounds a bit scary doesn’t it! Haha)

Just have to learn to adjust to it…adapt, utilise, and live how we have been commanded to live.

There are aspects of Facebook and Instagram that make it a brilliant tool for encouragement, support and love too…it isn’t all bad. It’s just how you choose to use it I think…..so how WILL I use it…??

Phil. 4:8 “from now on brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.”

Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life