Social media has its pros and cons – one of which is that it brings people from different parts of the world closer, yet makes people in close proximity seem so distant from each other. Some of the posts on social media can either inspire you or make you feel empty. The shallow #goals that it creates makes some of us worry if we’re ever good enough, pretty enough, adventurous enough, wealthy enough or just enough for this world. Even the world’s distorted standard of beauty has young people worrying about their looks and whether they’re acceptable to society.
Although not all the worries of this world are shallow, some are actually valid. Like, can I still manage to pay for my child’s education? Do I have enough to take care of my parents’ healthcare? Do I still have enough savings for my future? Quite valid, but paralyzing. Our concerns in life are normal, valid even, but if we become anxious of what the future holds, our fears may paralyze us.
We will never know what the future holds, even if we think that we have everything figured out, something happens. But what is our assurance that we should not worry about the things of this life?
God has promised us “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We might be in a situation right now as if prosperity is so far away, but keep in mind that sometimes when we experience famine, abundance follows. Doesn’t that taste sweeter? Experiencing abundance right after the lack, and I’m not just talking about wealth, it could be about relationships, career, and more…
If you feel like you’re starting to get worried, do these two things:
1. Pray – prayer defeats worry . Don’t let fear paralyze you, but let your faith in the Almighty move. As you lay down your cares on him, he does things beyond our comprehension.
2. Prioritize – stop that #goals thing. You don’t have to do everything that you see on social media, know your priorities. If you want to achieve other people’s achievements, you will really end up worrying whether you can do those things in your lifetime or not.
So stop worrying and live in faith, even Swedish House Mafia told you not to worry because heaven’s got a plan for you.
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