Dear Very Impressive Person,
I saw you at the grocery store today. You seemed to be on a mission as you walked through the aisles with your friend discussing the details of a tour you’re planning.
I went online to check my Facebook feed today, and there you were again. Your pictures were all perfect. I never saw a double chin or a unsightly blemish. It was all…very impressive.
I went to your website again. I can’t help but notice how many events you have. You must be in demand. You must be wanted. Very impressive.
I’m on your mailing list and I got an e-mail update from you today. It looks like you’ve just released a new product! It looks very professional, and so impressive.
I decided to go to your blog today. I read about how you feel convicted in your calling. You are so unwavering as you brave the world of uncertainty. I must say, very impressive.
Yet, I bet you have hangups. I bet, if you’re anything like me, you’ve had unproductive days. I bet, if you’re anything like me, you choose just the flattering photos to post online. I bet, if you’re anything like me, you feel lonely sometimes. I bet if you’re anything like me you feel silly telling people about your accomplishments because you know that you’ve had ten times the failures. I bet, if you’re anything like me, you wonder if the people who tell you to quit and get a “real” job have been right all along.
I bet, if you’re anything like me…oh wait, you are me.
So self, when you are tempted to think too highly of other people’s impressiveness, or even your own, be careful not to covet.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s Facebook likes; you shall not covet your neighbor’s new car, or his bonus check, or his YouTube views, or his Instagram pics, his impressiveness, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17, italicized/substituted words mine)
Also self, remember God is the one who wants, and deserves, your admiration.
“You shall not worship a digital image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or on the stage in front of you. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:4, italicized/substituted words mine).