I wonder what Instagram or Facebook would look like if we only posted photos of the moments in our lives when we’re not accomplishing something. While it makes sense to think that viewing the success of others should be inspiring or motivating, we instead see spikes in cynicism, depression and hopelessness directly connected to engagement with social media. Every time we see our friends or those we admire celebrating accomplishments and success it becomes nearly impossible to refrain from comparing that with our own life. Perhaps it’s even subconscious, a little bit out of our realm of awareness. But the crazy thing is how drawn we are to it, almost to the point of obsession. As if we can vicariously experience the sense of value that comes with their achievement.
What we miss is that value is inherent. Worthiness is built in. Success does not add beauty to the priceless treasure we already are. We cannot earn our way to freedom. And we all know that we’re searching for some sort of freedom. Freedom from feeling less accomplished, less appreciated, less successful, less beautiful, less motivating, less inspiring, less, less…. a word that, by definition, reinforces comparison. We engage because we think that watching success will build hope in our hearts. That someone will have the answer we’ve been looking for to free us from the weakness we despise in ourselves.
We’ve believed that lie that our worth is a direct result of what we do. That what makes us valuable in this world is the performance we bring to the table. That validation for a job well done is the life that flows through our veins. That your likes and comments on this post solidify my position as a contributor of value in this world.
You are valuable to the One who made you. You have a Creator who considers you – you, who you are – to be of worth to him. That fact that you have been created, that you are alive, implies purpose. You were made to be loved. Not by your network because of your success and hard work, but by your Creator, God, because of his success and work for you through Jesus. Find your value in what’s already been done, and let go of your search for hope.