A little over a year ago, I decided to get Snapchat. Not long after, I tweeted out my Snapchat name, asking my Twitter followers to follow me there. It’s everywhere—a request to follow someone on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest. And if you’re someone who super inspires me, I’m quick to follow you (and your ten other accounts, too).
But the other day, in an effort to bump up my Snapchat interactions, I wanted to tweet “Follow me,” but suddenly, it just didn’t feel right. I found myself questioning why I was asking people to follow me. Why am I so important that I should ask someone to follow me as if I deserve such an honor?
You see, I follow a lot of people on social media, but lately, I feel like I’ve been getting sucked into people’s personal reality TV shows, where I can get a glimpse into every aspect of their life, whether I want to see it or not. At times, I’ve even made my own life on Snapchat a reality TV show, too. It’s addicting. Much like actual reality TV, social media content often isn’t that great or fulfilling, but the drama, the ability to judge others, the gasps of “oh my goodness! Did that person really do that?” is addicting. You can’t help but watch another episode of Keeping Up With the Whomevers. I keep up and follow the lives of so many strangers online that at times, I’ve forgotten about the one I am really to follow: Jesus.
In the book of Mark in the Bible, Jesus asks us to follow him, but I have to admit, I’m not so great at it. Most of the time, my focus is on following others or getting people to follow me, when really, the only being who truly deserves that follow is Jesus. It’s not always easy to cut out the many online distractions from our lives, and there isn’t anything wrong with following people online, but it’s taken the forefront of my life and mind, instead of letting Jesus be the forefront of my everything.
In an effort to remind myself who I’m following, I’ve been challenging myself to use words like “I” or “me” less often. Because really, it’s not about me, nor should it ever be about me. I’ve found fulfillment in the likes and the comments I receive on social media, and I want to change that, because my fulfillment should only come from God. He is the one I should be following. Too many times, I’ve put myself above God and asked others to follow me, but who am I to follow when Jesus is the only one who saves?
And so, while I navigate through life and interact with others on social media, I hope to make my interactions less about me and more about the one whom I follow and love. It should never be about me, so please, don’t follow me.