Each time I put on my makeup, I recall a social media meme a friend posted a few years ago. It was humorous and likely made people giggle. Yet, it has come to mind hundreds of times since.
My eyes are different. Everyone has an asymmetrical face but mine are quite different. The brows above my eyes are even more different. One brow has a scar running through it. Half of the other brow disappeared several years ago. I enhance and fill in the hairs that remain but my brows will never be the same. The moment I saw her post I thought, “she’s thinking about me”–as if I didn’t know my brows need help.
This person has offered compliments that I should cherish in my heart. Yet this meme has flashed in my mind hundreds of times. We are church friends so I should be able to laugh about it, right? But each time I recall the meme I contemplate what is posted on social media. I think about my own posts and recall the acronym:
We go to great lengths to share the Good News but can easily send a wrong message with silly giggles. In my past, I have over-shared on social media and regrettably have been a bully in real life. I’m progressively trying to put off my old self and be more like Christ*. I revived my Facebook account recently after a two-year hiatus and have been asking myself, “What would Jesus share?” That sounds downright hokey to some of you but may resonate with others. Be kind.
2 Peter 1:5-9
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith add moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.” [NASB]
”…then you know to take off your former way of life, your old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust— to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.“ [Voice]