By Bob Hardison
Q: Many of the posts I see on social media flout self-centeredness. They seem to say, “Look at
how much fun I am having on my vacation.” “See what a great meal I am eating.” “Aren’t I beautiful in my selfie?” Are people becoming more self-centered?
A: True, a good deal of what we see on social media posts show self-exaltation, but the natural tendency of all people in all ages is self-centeredness. Social media just gives everyone today an easily accessible means of focusing on self.
King David announced, “Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Ps. 145:2, 3). “Every day” David praised God and so should we.
Use social media to share God-honoring posts that tell of His glorious majesty. Communicate how you sense God’s presence in your life. Tell people you are praying for them. Post encouraging words that uplift others. Proclaim your love to others. Speak of God’s wondrous works you see all around you. Testify how God loves everyone.
Shift the focus on social media away from self-centeredness to God-centered thoughts. Honoring God leads to good things. Honoring yourself leads to confusion and emotional exhaustion.