Written By Joanne Lee
Recently, I posted a few photos of myself on Instagram. The “likes” I received made me happy. The social acceptance I felt satisfied me. But as I dug deeper into the reasons why I posted on Instagram, I was reminded of whose acceptance matters most.
The world demands that we behave in a certain manner. Cultures and lifestyles categorize us into molds and seemingly determine who we really are. Yet the One who created mankind made us in His image and nothing is more important than this fact. No doubt, all of us would love to be “liked”, but we ought to be reminded that there is a God who sees us beyond the way the world does. He sees the unseen and He understands our hearts more than anyone does.
The psalmist understands this truth. As such, he responded with these words: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).
Instagram or any other social media might give us a sense of who “likes” us, but all these “likes” are nothing compared to the One who loves us without any conditions. We do not need to be “liked” to be “loved.” God loves us before anyone else did. He has fearfully and wonderfully made us and His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.
To anyone who desires to be accepted into a social circle or a certain group of friends, fret not, because you do not have to be “liked” to be identified. You are worth more than just a “like.”