Date: Friday, March 21
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Verse: Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
A new phenomenon has arisen which is commonly referred to as “Facebook depression.” According to the findings of a study published in August 2013, “The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we [checked in with] them; the more they used Facebook over two-weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time” (Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg “Facebook Depression” Psychology Today). Some believe it is because our use of Facebook intensifies our deeper longing for more genuine, face-to-face contact. Others wonder if it is due to envy because our “friends” post mostly positive things and thus appear to be living happier, more satisfied lives. Or maybe it is simply due to the vitriol being shouted at us when we browse our social media timelines.
In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul encourages the Christians there to be careful about the things upon which they allow their minds to dwell. Rather than focusing upon what we are lacking compared to those on our Facebook timeline, we can instead choose to let our attention be drawn to that which is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise.
Social media can bring some of us down. Others of us can get caught up in a rash of negativity hanging out with a certain group of people. Others of us can get there on the phone. Rather than dwelling on the things that bring us down, may we turn our attention to that which is worthy to be praised. That is certain to elevate our mood.
Prayer: Grant me peace, O God, so I may turn my attention toward you. Amen.
Action: When Facebook or other friends start to bring you down, intentionally shift your focus toward that which makes your heart soar.
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