I grew up a fan of the Monkees. (Okay, that probably isn’t the best thing to admit but I was a bit too late to be the full-fledged Beatles fan and I was at that stage of ‘teeny-bopperdom’ where the laughable antics antics of Mickey, Davey, Peter, and Mike made me tune in and sing along every week.
While I can’t remember what I just ate for breakfast, I can still remember some of the Monkee’s song lyrics. I always liked ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’. Basically, it’s a boy trying to win back a girl. He is admitting HE is in the wrong, but also pointing out that in every relationship it takes two people to make it work.
I think about that when I look at they way technology is changing our lives and our attitudes. Computers have made life a lot easier. That said, since we rely on phones and computers to remember things, we don’t use our brains as much. Think about it, how many people do you have on speed dial? Now, try to remember the actual NUMBER you would have to call should your phone die. Can you do it?
The internet can be a great aid for research, but it has definitely affected our social skills. In this ear of ‘LOOK AT ME SELFIES’ we are actually missing what we should be looking at. What’s more, we are fixating more and more on what we DON’T have, rather than what we DO have.
Exodus 20:17-Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, now his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.
To desire something that someone else has.
We post selfies to show what we look like; where we are; what we ate; how well we are doing; to be admired; to ‘show off’; to secretly try to impress people about how well we are doing in life.
It used to be we onlyhad to worry about advertisement agencies trying to court us over the radio, newspapers, or television to convince us to ‘TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT’ as the Spice Girls put it. Now, we go online and are bombarded every day by not only advertisements, but people trying to instill envy.
Humans have enough problems with envy. Place a piece of cake in front of two people. Tell them you are going to cut it and each will get to pick the piece they want. Now, watch how fast they begin to examine the slices to see which is bigger, or which has the most icing!
All of us fall prey to envy at times. We ‘covet’ what someone else has..whether it is a house, a car, a loved one, a job, etc.
God wants us to be happy WHERE WE ARE…because He has placed us right where we are supposed to be. To be truly content, we have to learn to be happy with oursleves. God has made us who we are, why we are, and where we are in life. And He has promised that He will always guide our path.
We need not envy others…for God is in control of our ‘selfie’ and wants us to allow Him to remind us that He sees His children as perfect when we are walking with Him!