The greatest hindrance to your success is being concerned about someone else’s. – Pastor Toure Roberts
Have you ever been perusing Instagram, Facebook, or one of the many time-sucking social networks and saw a picture of someone who appears to be winning in life…and feel jealous? Let’s be real. As much as we cheer for others’ success, there are times that we see what they have and want it for ourselves. We may not want that exact same thing but we desire the same measure of success. Little do we realize, that type of thinking creates major roadblocks in our own growth.
I never write about something that I’m not guilty of. I love to see people doing well but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have moments that I’m like, “What about me? What do I have to do to get there?,” ignoring the fact that my purpose is separate and unique from anyone else’s and my journey to getting to that purpose is specific to my needs. Could I handle that type of success? Is that person whole and complete? Is the image they are presenting to the public their true selves? Do they even know who they are?
God has been teaching me the importance of wholeness. In order for me to arrive to my destination [the accomplishment of all of the reasons that God created me and placed me on this earth] I have to know who I am. I am what God anointed me to be. His hand must be on my life in such a way that I see nothing in myself outside of what He created. I have to love myself the way He does, without conditions, and I must love Him and others in the same manner.
As with everyone, I present my best on social media. I’m not posting my “woke up like this” self because don’t nobody want to see all of that. I’m presenting the me that is polished, that has herself together, that is happy and whole. The goal in life, however, is to recognize that I am flawed, I have ups and downs but I have the grace of a Heavenly Father who sees past my missteps and sees the beauty in me. Once I lean on that favor, God can make my Instagram image reality. He can grant me success that is authentic and eternal.
I enjoy sites like Instagram and Tumblr because they allow us to express our creativity. They are ever-growing scrapbooks full of memories and highlights of our lives. But let’s not be misled by the images we scroll through. We all carry burdens. We all have insecurities. We all wish to elevate to higher levels. We are all a work in progress. But in spite of that, God is all-powerful and showers us with grace. His grace provides us access to true success.