Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Luscious Lies We're Fed


But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; 
and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 
James 1:14-15, NKJV

Dear Mom and/or Dad, 

You're being fed a lie.  
Pinterest tells us:
  • When it's real, you can't walk away.
  • Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
  • Maybe it's not about trying to fix something broken.  Maybe it's about starting over and creating something better.
  • Do your things and don't care if they like it.  (This quote is actually credited to Tina Fey)
  • If it makes you happy, no one else's opinion should matter.
These lovely quotes fall under the category of INSPIRATION or MOTIVATION when you search your favorite social media sites.
You're being fed a lie.
What those lines should actually be categorized as is: Easiest ways to destroy your life, Narcissism 101, or 5 ways to ensure you are unsatisfied with your current situation.
You're being fed a lie.
The TRUTH is: even if "it's real," you could walk away if you chose to. Doing something today just because it feels good to YOU could hurt everyone you love. Walking away from something broken and "starting over to create something better"...well, you tell me what that sounds like when you apply it to certain situations in your "broken" life.


WE'RE BEING FED A BIG, FAT VAT FULL OF LUSCIOUS LIES...

and I'm sick of it.

I'm sick of seeing families fall apart because we are being told that we should go make ourselves happy and do what feels good. 
I'm sick of excuses we make to stay on social media because it is our "escape" from our stressful lives as parents of children and adults with special needs. 
I'm sick of convincing myself that I was too busy to read my Bible but somehow found 15 minutes for Twitter, 30 minutes for Facebook, and 30 minutes of Instagram.

We are warned countless times in the Bible that one of Satan's greatest weapons is distraction. And, oh boy, has he landed himself a doozy with the Internet!  

And, gosh, we just manage to find ways to justify our time spent there day after day while our spouse feels alone and neglected and our children get talked about on social media, but not played with because we're responding to a comment on Facebook.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to remove a splinter from your eye while I sit with a log in mine. I'm dealing with my log EVERY DAY.  

I started by removing the Facebook app from my phone, because going through Safari makes it less convenient. It has helped tremendously, but it's still a no-brainer, scrolling through, time waster if I don't watch myself.

I set a timer now when I'm scrolling through Instagram because I get totally sucked into looking at pictures of my friends and their families. Yes, it can be fun! But why wouldn't I spend time with MY kid and MY family when I'm able to?

And, I NEVER look for motivational quotes outside of scripture because I do NOT need someone else's lies to feed mine.  

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8: 38-39


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 
Isn't God's Word motivating enough?  
It is the TRUTH in the midst of so, SOOOO many LIES out there.  

And yet we return to BIG, FAT VAT of LUSCIOUS LIES every day...we read them, we pin them, we tweet them and we share them...so now all of our friends can experience the same insatiable search for 'happiness' that we do, and yet they call us "inspirational."

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through Me."  
John 14:6 NKJV

Pray:  Heavenly Father, forgive me for the time I have wasted...YOUR TIME. I've stolen it from you and ONLY to make myself happy. Help me, Holy Spirit, to quit believing the lies, and to quit sharing the lies with others. Father God, YOU ARE THE ONLY way to eternal life. I need your Holy Spirit to fill me with a loathing of the lies and a thirst for your TRUTH. Amen.

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