It seems that each year, Christmas comes a little sooner. And then a little sooner. And.. you get the point. But what about Thanksgiving? Why is it that we, as humans, skip over the holiday where we give thanks, to jump right into the holiday that has been commercialized to make us want more? We may be thankful on that fourth Thursday of November, but what about before and after? Are we truly thankful for what we have? (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas!)
My pastor was talking a little bit about this in his sermon this past Sunday, and I love a quote he used. I can't remember the exact words, but it basically asked "why do we think we would be satisfied when we get more stuff when we aren't happy now with what we have?" Y'all, that's deep. We think that we will be satisfied when we get that certain thing, whether it be clothes, that new phone, even a boyfriend (or girlfriend). But the truth is, if we aren't happy NOW, we aren't going to be happy THEN.
Why? Because we don't gain happiness from material things. All of our happiness comes from Jesus. (you knew that was coming) It's true though! You can't find true and lasting joy apart from Him! When we focus on what we have and not what we want, we are glorifying Him. He wants us to be thankful for what He's given us, everyday of the year. We shouldn't want more and more, but learn to be thankful more and more. I promise that you have lots to be thankful for.
How? I wanted to put together some practical ways you can live a life of Thanksgiving and express to God how thankful you are!
So remember as we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, and everybody will be talking about what they are thankful for, that that is how we as Christians should be all the time! Then we can move right along into Christmas with the right mindset- being thankful for what we have and not using the holiday to attempt to gain happiness from material things. Life is so much more fulfilling when we live a life of thanksgiving.
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."
What are some ways that you show how thankful you are? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
If you're a Christian Instagram (or any social media) account owner, this is for you. If you are a part of any ministry or Bible study, this is for you. If you follow any Insta account, write a blog, are interested in starting any Christian-based ministry, or are just interested in Christianity, this is for you. I asked some of my Christian Insta friends to tell me the lies they thought/think about owning an account. You get an inside look into what is actually going inside of the minds of these owners. In this post, I've tried to tear down the lies and proclaim the truth. I hope it encourages you! (Also, I encourage you to click on the links for the Bible verses. They are so good!)
You have to be a "somebody" to run a Christian account.
Honestly, you don't have to be a somebody. Anybody can run a Christian account. Jesus equips us with everything we need to share His Word. Just be open and vulnerable to what He calls you to do. (2 Timothy 2:20-21)
We have all been Christians from the start and haven't had awful struggles.
This couldn't be farther from the truth. Every single one of us has struggled with something and continues to. In fact, what we are talking about in our devos usually comes from our something we are going through or have been through. We all have messy lives. But Jesus has saved us. (Romans 3:21-26)
We have a "perfect Christian life", have it all together, and everything goes our way.
I'm sure every single Christian Instagram account owner would laugh out loud at this statement! It's just so not true. Speaking for myself, I am not perfect. I'm also not more perfect than somebody that doesn't own a Christian Insta. I struggle, mess up, and I have bad days. A lot. But it's okay. (Philippians 3:12-14)
We have pretty little quiet times with our journals and write only the best words of encouragement etc.
Yeah right. We love Jesus more than anything, but we're also busy. Sometimes we push our quiet times to the side, or maybe our quiet times are rushed (no, you aren't the only one ;)). Our quiet times sometimes look Instagram worthy, and so we post a pic, but most of the time it's just on a messy bed with us crying out to God. It isn't perfect, but it's beautiful. (Psalm 34:17)
We are a better kind of Christian and deserve more praise because we post godly stuff.
Hah. First of all, we are no better than anyone else. Second of all, pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). We deserve no glory, but Jesus deserves all the glory. (Philippians 2:3)
It's easy to run a Christian account and it doesn't take too much commitment.
SO NOT TRUE. Y'all, running a Christian Insta is hard. But so worth it. There have been multiple times where I've though about giving up, but God has given me the strength to keep going. We feel the pressure to post and make sure everybody likes it constantly. You have to work at it and stay committed, but it's seriously one of the most fulfilling things ever. (Proverbs 16:3)
We know more about God and Christianity than others do, and have all of the answers.
We don't know everything. I'm a 16 year old girl that is in high school. I have not been to seminary, although I have been blessed to take Bible classes through my Christian curriculum. I don't know exactly what the rapture is going to look like or anything like that. But if I don't know something, I'll try to find out the correct answer for you. (Proverbs 1:7)
Nobody reads our posts or are encouraged by them.
Let's be honest. Some people don't read our posts and aren't encouraged by them. But so many others do and are! That's what we have to focus on. Focus on Jesus and what He wants you to post. With so much negativity in our feeds, our posts could just be a breath of fresh air. Who knows, somebody may find it 3 months from now and it could save their life. Also, I know writing my posts encourage me and help me grow closer to Jesus, so that's always a bonus! (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
We're not good enough to run a Christian account.
We aren't good enough. Jesus refines us and uses us despite our brokenness. In a way, Jesus makes us good enough. (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
We don't struggle with topics we post about.
Like I said earlier, what we post about usually is inspired by our own struggles. We struggle just as much as everybody else. Just because we're "preaching" at you doesn't mean we aren't "preaching" to ourselves. We're sharing what God is teaching us through those struggles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
What we do doesn't matter.
And last but not least. I think for me, this is the biggest lie. "Nobody reads it anyways. Why do I spend my free time editing pictures and writing devos?" Ya know? But the truth is it does matter. Even if somebody doesn't repent right away, you're planting seeds. That is just as important as harvesting them. If you encourage one person, it's all worth it. Many people are encouraged and don't comment, anyways. (Philippians 1:18)
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
What are lies you believe about sharing your faith through social media or in person? Let me know in the comments!
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