Earlier this month, I participated in #theimperfectboss campaign on Instagram. If you didn’t see it, it was a three-day social media movement where business owners shared confessions and faults on social media. Several hundred women shared their secrets and downfalls instead of the usual perfect-looking flat-lays and selfies.
Social media has become a highlight reel instead of reality.
I know I’m not the only one who sees these highlights day after day and starts to notice the negative influence it can have on my mind. With the high use of social media today, especially as business owners, it’s not as easy to just ignore social media. For me, social media has created several great friendships, and helped me grow my business in a big way.
The constant use of social media makes it that much more important to remind ourselves what God says and believes about us.
But, if I’m being honest, it’s not just social media that can have an influence on me. My business itself can negatively influence my thoughts with bad clients or low sales. The influence swings both ways though; with big projects and big months, I can start to feel pretty good about myself.
I have to remind myself every day that other people, projects, and my business do not affect my value as a person.
It’s easy to let good clients and bad clients start to affect how we see ourselves unless we are continually reminded of God’s perspective of us.
In Ephesians, Paul tells us that we:
- were chosen before the beginning of time
- are loved and redeemed
- have been adopted
- have been given a guaranteed inheritance
- are made alive together in Christ
- are God’s masterful workmanship
- have been created for good works
- are members of God’s household
…just to name a few.
I still struggle with letting things or people other than Christ influence my self-worth, but I’m working on it. But, just because you think something, doesn’t mean it’s true. If you’re struggling too, read scripture to fill your mind with the Truth, and remind yourself that your value is only found in God.
What's your struggle?