15th April 2019

He Cares For You

“Likewise, you younger people, submit yourself to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:5-6 (NKJV)

These past few weeks, I have been looking at the effect of social media on young people today—known in bygone days as ‘keeping up with the Joneses’—and the damage to mental and emotional health caused by false values about appearances and worth that come from comparing ourselves with those better off, more beautiful and smarter than we are. I have suggested that you can begin to protect yourself from harm by realizing that God’s standard holds each person as of great value, so much so that he sent his son to die for us. I encouraged comparing down instead of up and to counting your blessings.

Now I would like to suggest, horror of horrors, that you try coming off social media for a period of time! Satisfaction, through comparison, becomes dissatisfaction. Looking at what others have and do, quickly makes you dissatisfied. Taking a break from social media can make a real difference to how you feel and how you see life.

Social media seems to be very addictive, it is a thief of time, your time! But, more importantly, it steals your satisfaction and enjoyment of life. An hour walking in a park, a field, a wood, even in a town or city will do you more good than an hour on social media. In the AA, alcoholics are trained to say, ‘I won’t drink today,’ not ‘I won’t drink for a week, a month or the rest of my life’. Why? Because a day at a time is easier and more successful than a bigger target. Come off social media the same way. Say, I won’t use social media today, and then see how many days you can last. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much happier you feel, how much more time you have and how much less stressed you feel.

Finally, have you ever thought about taking your cares and concerns to God as the header scripture encourages us? In the Bible, in the book of 1 Peter, chapter 5, verse 7, it says, “casting all your cares upon him, because he cares about you.” God already knows you and loves you just the way you are. Why not ask him for some help and let him remove your fear of failure?

Prayer
Loving, caring Father, help us to manage our time when using today’s social media. Thank you that we can bring you our cares and concerns, knowing that you care for us even when we slip and are deceived by false values. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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