Facebook is interesting …

Facebook is interesting, right?! I see wall posts and status updates like this all the time:

‘Great time tonight hanging out with longtime friends’

‘You’re such a great friend, thanks for taking time for me today’

‘Loved seeing you today!’

Well, here recently, I saw on Facebook that one person had written something my friend’s wall … it was something like this: ‘We had a great time at dinner with you guys, we’ll have to do it again sometime soon’.  Seems like a normal thing to write on someone else’s wall, right?  Well …I’m going to be honest and just let you know that after reading that wall post, I was left feeling vulnerable and insecure.  Those sweet words, that were meant to encourage my friend, seemed like salt in open wound of mine.

Another thing you have to understand is that this friend and I have been trying to get together for literally over 6 months.   I really enjoy time with this girl. I feel like we greatly understand one another. We (obviously) don’t get a whole lot of time together because of the busyness of life, family, kids, etc., but I love time with her.

When I read that  , my heart felt sad and my head was full of thoughts like ‘what if she really doesn’t want to hang with me and is just putting me off’ … ‘it must just be me that enjoys her company and she doesn’t enjoy mine’ … ‘I guess our time together is one-sided and she isn’t encouraged and challenged by my company like I am with hers’.

Now, I understand that at this point you are either right there with me, or you’re thinking ‘who is this person … I’m sure she’s not in jr. high, but this sure seems like jr. high kind of stuff’!  You’re completely right … it does seem pretty jr. high-ish and even potentially stupid of me to put the time and effort into blogging about it.  Here’s the deal, though … EVERYONE struggles with insecurity!

Did you know that all those thoughts I was having about my friend could possibly be true?  Did you also know that even if those thoughts are true, that it’s okay with me.  It might be hard in the moment to hear something like that, but I know the reality of the situation is this … I have been bought and redeemed by the blood of Christ and that is all that matters to me.  Jesus is all that matters to me.  What He says about who I am … what He things about me.  Life might be hard to handle sometimes, and my mind may even feed me lies (like the ones I was thinking up above about what my friend thinks of me), but  I know the Lord’s word will never lead me astray.

So I challenge you with this today: Do you know the truth? Do you know? … Do you believe that the truth will actually set you free?  You can experience freedom from pain, insecurity, shame, doubt and fear.  You can experience freedom from anything you are suffering from.  Embrace the freedom that God provides to you in every moment of your life!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kendra/The Queen of Brussels Sprouts
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 18:41:37

    Yep…been there 😉


  2. shelly
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 19:17:41

    Holly, I know exactly where you are coming from. I am so glad I ran across this post. Thank you for writing it!


  3. Kira @ Kissing the Joy
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 18:30:53

    I totally know what you mean! I’ve read statuses from people that I was hanging out with and found out that they went and met a whole ‘nother group of people after we parted and had a grand ole time without me. If you let it, it can really hurt your feelings. I chose to not be offended, because truthfully I was tired and grumpy and didn’t want to go out anyways 😉 All that to say, I appreciated how you brought it around in the end. So true, and a good encouragement.


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