Ever been around someone who likes to talk…a lot. That type of person that seems to just love to hear his or her own voice and thinks you do as well. There are no such things of moments of silence in their presence…you know the type of person.
Recently I was in the presence of such a person when someone remarked (without the “talker” knowing), “I bet she is the type of person who loves to put everything on Facebook.” I laughed – probably harder than I should have laughed at that – but I could see that truly being the case! You know that type of person as well! No matter what, they are going to (over)share on social media.
Their motivation? Who knows…low self-esteem, need for approval, no internal filter – or maybe, they just want to make sure you are in the know! Most of the time though, it seems that the over-sharer just wants a “like” or a “comment” or a “share” – they are looking for your approval.
Which leads me to the following question: How often do we seek the approval and the audience of man before we seek the approval and audience of God?
Scripture is clear when it comes to this matter, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) Paul had been accused of avoiding certain subjects in his preaching in order to gain the favor of other audiences. He quickly put that to rest when he reminded his readers that he was preaching for an audience of one.
Paul understood what it meant to strive to please only one in word and deed.
Perhaps it is unfair to lump all over-sharers into the same basket and wonder why they do the things they do…but, it would all serve us well to pause and think about who we are trying to impress today.
Mom – you don’t have to be super (look at the craft I did for my kid’s teacher, check out this dinner I just whipped up from three ingredients, oh, and I had time to workout and clean the house today) mom!
Dad – you don’t have to compare yourself to your co-workers and the promotion he just got over you.
Student – you may not be as smart or good looking (although, you probably are) as that one kid in class, so maybe stop trying to impress the wrong people.
Remember: You are loved by the KING! You have HIS approval! Serve HIM! Do it for the audience of ONE!
Rev. Philip Turner