Like most members of my generation, I have a Facebook account. When I log into that account (almost daily), I am inundated by travel pictures, grainy Ultrasound pictures (which gross me out), close-ups of wedding bouquets, and changes in people’s relationship statuses. I can’t cast stones here because I am completely guilty of boasting about my life, my plans, on Facebook.

I am scared by these posts because what happens when things don’t work out?

When I was engaged a few years ago, I did not post many wedding plans on Facebook, mostly because I just didn’t have a plan yet. I happily posted that I was engaged and received the expected feedback: “like” after “like” after “like,” wall posts studded with exclamation points and well wishes. I fed off of this attention. I basked in it. For years, people told us we were a perfect couple. When the relationship ended less than two years after our engagement, I was not so excited to post about it on Facebook. I discreetly changed my relationship status to “Single” and hoped that no one would ask questions.

There is nothing wrong with pure joy, but we have to be careful about what we invest our joy in, and what we let people share with us. If God is always our ultimate joy, then we will never have to feel the kind of shame and sadness that can accompany our failed earthly plans. When we look to the heavens for our goals, we can never truly fail.

Psalm 62:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

Surely men of low degree are a vapor,
Men of high degree are a lie;
If they are weighed on the scales,
They are altogether lighter than vapor.
10 Do not trust in oppression,
Nor vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase,
Do not set your heart on them.

 

Proverbs 27:1

New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Source: Biblegateway 

This post was written by Emily Haymans.

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