Rejected by Strangers

Sometimes I’m stunned by one’s ability to sum up something so profound in so little words; and not only that, a statement that holds so much weight and truth. With twitter’s 140-character limit, I’ve slowly learned and had to work at summing up simple thoughts, which has been a wonderful challenge for me personally.

Comparison, if you think about it, really is the thief of joy.

Thank you, Theodore Roosevelt.

He was tweeting before twitter ever existed.

Comparison, over the years, has changed its game. Where as we used to compare ourselves literally in person and face to face, we now compare ourselves not only in face to face situations, but on top of that, we’ve added the wide world of social media to compare literally everything.

A few weeks ago before Beth posted this profound blog about doing the thing we’re called to do, she asked me if I had anything for the blog that day cause if not, she had a word pressing and wanted to share it. (We make sure not to double up. Awkward!) Of course I told her to go ahead because I was in the middle of working on a post, but it was far from presentable.

I actually didn’t read her post until later that night, but it stopped me dead in my tracks because, although she wouldn’t have known what I was in the middle of writing about, our posts were very similar. I shot her a quick text to tell her that her post was amazing and indeed, needed, and then explained that the one I said I had been working on but wasn’t ready yet, was one about comparing our lives to everyone else’s via social media. She was gracious as she always is and was afraid that her post might have in some way ruined mine, but I assured her that wasn’t the case.

Ironically, the longer I thought about it, I decided I might as well not even post this blog, because, you guessed it, hers was way better than mine and obviously fitly spoken, but then it dawned on me, that’s exactly what I was talking about. Comparing our lives via the ever so brilliant social media. If the Lord had given me the words to type, then I would be disobedient not to post for fear that it wasn’t as well received. Or for fear that, comparatively, hers was way better. What an ugly truth I kept telling myself.

What I was about to keep from posting was the very thing I felt like sharing.

I think it’s obvious that I need this word more than anyone.

Allow me to explain.

We live in a generation that is more connected than ever, and for the record, over-stimulated, yet lonelier than ever. I know that is old news to most of us, but it is our current reality and every now and then, I think it’s appropriate to revisit.

Not only do I see it in the young girls I work with, I see it as being prevalent among all generations. Most of us, if we were being honest, have been sucked into the vortex that is social media.

Before we go any further, you need to know that I’m game for all things social media. I love it. It is, in fact, a part of job title here at LPM. I don’t just love it, I’m swimming in the deep end.

With that said, a few weeks ago as I was getting a pedicure, I picked up one of the magazines sitting on the table next to me and happened to flip right to a short article explaining that those who spend more time perusing facebook tend to be more depressed than those who don’t.

I may have gasped audibly and even said under my breath, “Well, duh!” because to me, that made perfect sense.

What we otherwise would have known nothing about 10 years ago, we are experts on now.

Experts on what? On how other folks are living their life and what we’re missing out on.

For goodness sake, it can be even really good things that can become distorted to us.

Say for instance a string a tweets or facebook status updates that took place from a handful of members from a certain church. (Hear me loud and clear, I’m using this example because I have done it. I did it. I am doing it.) You may love your church, but reading those updates you may get a sense of discontentment from your church. All the sudden you may get the feeling that your worship isn’t good enough. The teaching is mediocre. Childcare is iffy. Your church will never measure up! What a lie! When in reality, our church could just have more tweeters than yours. (What a weird sentence to write!)

Maybe you become aware of a party or gathering that was blasted on social media that you didn’t get invited to.

Maybe you couldn’t attend a certain conference for one reason or another, so instead of enjoying your weekend, you spend countless hours on twitter reading every last tweet and throwing yourself a pity party. FOMO, the fear of missing out, has you handicapped.

Maybe you find out from facebook that your ex-boyfriend is not only dating somebody, but is now engaged and getting married in three months.

Or how about your twitter followers? How often do we compare our number of followers to our friends? Why is this person following so-and-so and not me? And boom, they unfollow me, so I unfollow them. You just got served. Or better yet, it becomes a popularity contest throwing us back to the middle school years. We start to evaluate who’s in the “in” crowd and who’s not. I don’t know about you, but I want to leave my middle school years in their rightful place, and that is in the past.

Forget followers, let’s just talk about twitter replies. Can I say something that gave me so much freedom? You and I have the right and freedom to respond to whomever on twitter. I think some of us feel an obligation to respond and converse with the millions on twitter, but can we all give each other a little slack and be free? Can we not get jealous when someone gets a reply and we don’t? Even typing that out sounds so unbelievably silly. But you and I both know it’s the sad reality and truth. If any of us have struggled with people pleasing (hand raised!), we can get stuck in trap where we now feel the obligation to people please online as well. Oh, the pressure!

Or, to throw it out there, how about “likes” on Instagram. That alone could throw us for a loop if we think we’ve posted the best or cutest picture ever and it only gets 18 likes. Or maybe we’re so in it for the attention that we spend more time instagramming and less time socializing.

Do you see how we’ve become hyper-aware of what we’re lacking, or what we think we’re lacking? We’re setting ourselves up for failure and rejection and the fact that we all know that social media isn’t going anywhere, and in fact, only growing, means that we have to learn what our personal balance is. Things we never would have known about, and nor probably even cared about ten years ago are throwing us into a pit of despair. A pit of loneliness. A pit of discontentment. Nothing will snatch our identity in Christ from us quicker than comparison.

One thing I’ve discovered, and maybe it’s just me, is that I tend to interact more on social media with those I’m not interacting with face to face. Now, in some cases that’s not true, like say for example when my BFF posts a picture of her baby, it’s everything in me not to like it 100 times and retweet it to the entire universe. And by all means, I love a good joke or word of encouragement to a friend on twitter, but most times, when I send a tweet, I am choosing to interact with a world of people I do not know personally, all the while expecting them to care and respond like we’ve been friends for 15 years.

As if rejection doesn’t take a serious toll on a human being as it is, we’ve now added another dimension. I’m almost tempted to call it imaginary rejection. Rejected by those we’ve never even met. Nor talk to on a normal, consistent basis.

With comparison comes jealousy and I’m not sure anything steals your joy quicker than feeling jealous.

I read a quote by Steven Furtick recently, the pastor of Elevation Church, that said, ““One of the reasons we struggle with insecurity is because we’re comparing our ‘behind the scenes’ with everybody else’s ‘highlight reel.’”

Although I’m an optimist and actually prefer to view the highlight reel, simply because that’s the fun of it, the problem is we start comparing everything good about their life to everything wrong with our life. Not only are we comparing our behind the scenes to their highlight reel, everything we desire is now magnified. Where 10 years ago we were doing it in person maybe at church or school, we’re now doing it among our 600 facebook friends, or 1800 twitter followers. All of the sudden, we’re the only ones and our every desire is magnified.

Facebook happened to be released my senior year of high school, so although I’m not of the generation that’s grown up on it, I’ve lived much of my adult life on it, so I think it’s safe to say that, starting with me, we have become a generation that is addicted to affirmation. We know how to manipulate the media better than anyone and it’s a serious distraction. Not only that, but it’s created us to be narcisitic monsters. It’s the cause of much despression in our culture.

Recently a friend told me she got off twitter because she was just feeling really left out. I think she’s wise.

Can we feel left out or rejected minus social media? Absolutely. We’re all human and in fact, it’s nearly unavoidable.

But the truth of the matter is, it’s our responsibility to take control of what we let rule over and own us.

Can we not take facbeook at face value?

Life itsn’t always what it seems, not matter how many posts suggest one thing or another.

Does it mean we quit facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram and so on all together? No, it just means that those sites can’t be responsible for your happiness. Nor can they be your measure for reality. I think one wise thing we can all do is take a look back at our posts no matter where they are, and be sure we’re giving off a healthy balance and dose of reality. Are what we tweeting and saying true of us? How do we come across to the outside world lurking in?

The past year I’ve been thrown back into the stage of making new friends. Can we all agree that making friends is just plain hard? You inevitably face awkward conversations, and awkward dinner every now and then, and for lack of a better term, after much investment, you may just come to find out the chemistry (not romantic) just isn’t there. Also, for a sanguine girl who wants to be friends with everyone, I’ve realized that’s a far cry from reality. Because of this new season and revelation, I’ve found that reverting to the internet to bring me community and companionship is just as easy, but it lacks true intimacy and vulnerability, which to me, is no relationship at all. While making friends and creating community takes time, work, patience, vulnerability, initiation and so much more, the reality is, we were created for face-to-face friendships, not face-to-screen. We want to be known, loved and accepted, but we fear rejection, so we are more comfortable to correspond with people on twitter, as opposed to calling up a friend to meet for dinner.

Although I am guilty of it, when I’m among friends and family, I spend less time perusing social media. The “be with” factor is fairly effective. It’s times when I’m bored or lonely that I peruse and then fall into a pit because people are having fun, and do they know how boring my life is?

What a lie we’re trapped in.

Make a deal with me, will you? Let’s not let social media steal our joy. Let’s not let comparison get the best of us. Especially when we know that one day, none of those sites will even exist. Just like we knew middle school had an end, so does social media.

Instead of letting it make a fool of us, let’s be the first to reign in it. If we don’t do it, then I fear all hope is lost for those coming behind us. Let today be the day we put on a different thinking cap.  Instead of comparing, let’s start affirming those around us. Speak life, not resentment to somebody.

I don’t really know how to tie this post up with a pretty bow. But I feel so strongly about it, so I’m just going to ask the Lord to prove us different. Prove me different, Lord.

After all, as my pastor always says, joy is our birthright. To that I say amen! Let’s not let something, or someone steal it.

I love y’all.


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  1. 101
    Sarah Beth says:

    Oh my, Lindsee..

    What a post! The Lord used your generous and transparent words to pour straight into my own heart! Thank you for sharing! This post is incredibly true and relevant for me and I’m sure for many others as well. Thanks for posting encouraging and truthful words!

  2. 102
    Ann says:

    Is there a like button that represents 1,000,000 likes ?!!!!
    I love your heart Lindsee and totally agree with your thoughts and insights …..we need to realize that social media is a lot like cable TV ….lots of cool features and lots of dangers . We need to set guardrails for ourselves .

  3. 103
    Dawn says:

    Soooo on time Lindsee!!! I can’t say it enough…Amen, Amen, Amen!!

  4. 104
    Connielynn says:

    Thank you Lindsee. As my sweet Momma says, “you hit the nail on the head.” I appreciate your honesty and your obedience.

  5. 105
    DeeDee says:

    Thanks for listening to God and following through with this post. I know I was blessed by it.

  6. 106
    Deborah Mott says:

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your honesty. We all need to remind ourselves often that what really matters is
    1. JESUS’s approval of us and not man’s.
    2. Jesus’s success = determined by our obedience and not the results of our obedience bc the results are up to HIM!
    3. Jesus’s provisions = are we using them? I ask myself if I am using my talents as HE LEADS. I know that HE gave me those talents and knows how much percentage of what I have been given I am really using. Sometimes what I do is not as good as someone else’s but what matters if it is my best for HIS BEST GLORY. Jesus alone knows that and the MOTIVE OF MY HEART. If it is not done for HIS GLORY than we missed the point anyway. I often do well but for my own selfish need to feel valued instead of for HIS GLORY! He is merciful and loving and so gracious. I want my heart to be right and for HIM. It takes my eyes off of others and onto the SAVIOR and then all else fades in comparison! That is a comparison I think HE is pleased with because it exalts HIM to HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE! Thanks again! In Christ, Deborah Mott

  7. 107
    Beth says:

    So profound, Lindsee! Well said!!!

    I sometimes ask myself … how is twitter ‘making myself of no reputation”; ‘dying to self’ and ‘leading a quiet life’? Am I glorifying myself or God? You are right, It often breeds discontent. It often breeds ‘self’. Are we falling into a trap, in the name of being informed and social while really bending the knee to feeding self, promoting ourself, and ultimately idolatry – worshiping myself or others? And, then there are all the times when others post ‘compromise’ and ‘stumbling blocks’ and you are left with “ugh, I didn’t know they did that?!” No condemnation just unpopular questions I struggle with. Probably some huge accountability in it all, too. And of course, we can all site the many examples where social media is used for so much good and encouragement!!! May the Lord give us wisdom, discernment, humility, and a heart to love Him more than all of these. Love you, Lindsee. Thank you!

  8. 108
    michele jones meridian id says:

    thank you spoke right to me. I saw myself in so many ways.

  9. 109
    Joelle Roibal says:

    Great post. I read a bit of it to my 15 yr old and she paused, thought, and nodded her headed in an “oh, ya, I can hear that” kinda way. Good for me to read too. Well said Siesta Lindsee! 🙂

  10. 110
    Abbigail says:

    Wow! I definitely needed this post! I was depressed this very weekend over some social media business. It has for sure caused many heart issues for me in the past and I’ve toyed with the idea to just get rid of it. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this as God intended for, I’m sure, more than just me 🙂

  11. 111
    Eniola says:

    This is so spot on! Very well said! God bless you for going ahead and posting this, comparison is such a joy killer! May God give us the grace to truly grasp this and recognize that our worth is in Christ!

  12. 112
    Krista Hutcherson says:

    Krista of Midlothian, Virginia

    And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:19 Amplified Bible

  13. 113
    Beth says:

    From today’s Daily Light … timely 🙂

    “You will keep him (her) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he (she) trusts in You.” Isa. 26:3 (NKJV)

    “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Isa. 32:17 (NKJV)

  14. 114
    Sandy Elrod says:

    Sandy from Centennial, CO writes “For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord. Because they have called you an outcast saying: It is Zion (Sandy) no one cares for her!” Jeremiah 30:17 NASB

  15. 115
    Gerri says:

    “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

  16. 116
    Michele says:

    Hi Lindsee,

    I am so glad you didn’t allow comparison to keep you from publishing this post. Both you and Mama Beth are gifted writers, and it is the uniqueness that God placed in each of you that ministers to us all. I haven’t seen Beth’s posting yet, but yours was SUCH a blessing. God is taking me through a purging and right now, comparison is His area of concentration. I save blog posts that minister especially to me; this one is a keeper. Thank you for sharing your gift and for allowing your “joint” to supply the needs of this one.
    Much love sister!

  17. 117
    Susan Clodfelter says:

    I say to myself, ” The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Lam. 3:24. NIV
    Susan Winston-Salem, NC

  18. 118
    Mardi Yeary says:

    I love your transparent heart, Lindsee. Thank you for role modeling the example of speaking anyway even though, in your estimation, Beth would say it better. The amazing thing is that two can be speaking on the same subject, and the Holy Spirit reflects himself beautifully, yet individually using both voices. You are a rare gift. Keep writing, blogging and inspiring us. You’re terrific!

  19. 119
    Lori says:

    Wow!!! Word in due season, I tell you. Thank you for being obedient to God and posting this blog. I needed it more than you will ever know! <3

  20. 120
    Kristen says:

    Great post, Lindsee! I love reading this blog – it always gives me a good word and I just fell right into your post today. We have to be so intentional to follow the wisdom you give in the post. Social media can be great but it also a total breeding ground for comparison and judgement. Your words ring so true and are a great reminder. So glad you followed the nudging of the Lord and posted this. 🙂

  21. 121
    Poorna Diaz says:


    A big fat THANK YOU for obeying God’s prompting and following through by publishing this entry. I SO needed it. I’ve started “fasting” from social media during the week lately because my job is so crazy-hectic, and honestly, it’s not only done wonders for my time management, but also for my emotional & mental health too. I still get on Facebook, Twitter, etc. during the weekends, but it’s an after-thought…not usually on top of my mind…and I LOVE that! Tired of having my joy stolen…by social media, of all things. Thank you, my friend, for imparting your wisdom on this topic…I could not agree more with what you said.

    Much Love,

  22. 122
    SKay Fires says:

    Sharron Kay Fires, Possum Kingdom Lake, TX
    Psalms 139:9-10 (NIV) If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

  23. 123
    Kristin Mitchell says:

    And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. John 20:12 esv

  24. 124
    Darla says:

    WELL SAID, Lindsee!!! I posted it on my Facebook and encouraged my friends to read it. Thank you for this excellent post! uh oh…was I supposed to post these words? I don’t want you to get too hung up on the instant gratification that I loved your post….and I’m not really following you but I guess in a way I am…uh…well….but we all need encouragement…so I’ll hit “submit comment” ha ha 🙂 Love and blessings to you!

  25. 125
    Lauren in Springfield says:

    This was great! Just what we all need to hear! The underlying motivation concerning all this social media stuff concerns me. Are we posting pictures of the party, so everyone will know we were part of the “in crowd” that got the invite. I’ve been praying that the Lord will reveal my motivation to me and to change my motivation for my actions. Make me humble and just plain ol’ nice!

  26. 126
    Madeline Friend says:

    “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” — Revelations 3:8
    Maddie from Flagstaff, AZ

  27. 127
    Tanya says:

    Oh Man Lindsee. You hit it so square on. Oh I could hug you!

    I gave up my ‘smart phone’ because I replaced my daughter with it.

    I am tempted to give up Facebook for the time vacuum and lonliness it creates (Really am I the ONLY one who posts scripture and if you’re a christian WHY NOT ‘like’ a scripture passage and the heart behind it?? or that worship lyric?)

    Trouble for me is I am isolated. I have no family and due to single parenting (choices before I became saved) I have no real ability to create social life. Plus I got real sick. So its not like I have lots of people options in real life and I’ve turned to social media to connect and wound up being hurt.

    Of course I’ve had to grow and get my ‘likes’ from Jesus. But still.

    Thanks so much. very very much. I’ve not liked any blog post better than this ever.


    • 127.1
      Lindsee says:

      Tanya, your words were really sweet. Thank you! Are you plugged into a church? That is your best bet for some authentic community. I know some have been hurt by the church, but I’m praying God surrounds you unexpectedly with a group of new friends. Blessings to you!

  28. 128
    Misty says:

    Thank you so much! I was trying to decide what scripture I wanted to post for
    May 1st Siestas ( I know I’m a day late

  29. 129
    Margaret says:

    James 1:10 NLT
    ANd those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field.

  30. 130

    Sunday morning the Lord said to me: “Take a day without FB & Twitter”
    I told Him I felt mad and bitter-
    That something may happen that I *need* to know.
    He said, “Come away my child, and in true knowledge grow.”

  31. 131
    cynthia says:

    Your topic is very “current” in my life. It was the topic of a sermon at my church two weeks ago and it was the topic of “The Middle” on Wednesday night. Lots of people are thinking about the same things you are!

  32. 132
    Kaitlyn says:

    As a seventeen year-old girl, this post was very much needed today. Recently I have felt very lost and insecure within the realms of social media…I felt as if I didn’t belong anywhere. My mom sent me this after a meltdown of mine over my body image and lack thereof. I may not know a lot, but I do know that God’s timing is always perfect. Thanks for this. I have newly opened eyes towards my life and those around me.

  33. 133
    Joan A. says:

    Wow! This really helped me to see social media in a whole new way. I choose not to partake of facebook, twitter etc. at this time in my life but I can start to understand through your perspective, Lindsee, how one can be easily drawn into the comparison trap. You are a great writer and I appreciate your transparency. You bring God glory!

  34. 134
    WendyBrz says:

    Dear girl, you have spoken some wisdom to siestas of all ages here. Thank you, from this one who’s old enough to be your mother. (Probably older than your mother.) Thank you!

  35. 135
    Pam says:

    Thank you for deciding to write this. I have noticed those same things you are addressing, and I was blessed to read what you wrote. I enjoy Beth Moore’s teaching and that’s how I found your piece. I don’t normally respond to things I read, but I believe The Lord intended me to see it, and I would like to encourage you to keep writing what He gives you.


  36. 136
    Lillian says:

    Lillian, Vermilion, OH

    “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
    but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
    Proverbs 15:4 (NIV)

  37. 137
    Laurie says:

    I am not in a great place…thank you for having this here…i can’t express the comfort i feel just not being alone in this struggle.

  38. 138
    Savannah Shotts says:

    Savannah, Arkadelphia AR
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Matt 5:10, NIV

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