Likes, dislikes, good comments, bad comments. The world has always been full of people who judge one another. Today, we have the online platforms to reach people all over the world. Because of the nature of social media, people can hide behind a screen and say whatever they want, without accountability. Unfortunately, many people use their online personality to cause more harm than good. On the receiving end, people care what others think. Some people constantly compare themselves to others, especially after receiving hateful comments. Some of those people even try to change themselves to fit in. Hebrews 6:19 talks about hope being an anchor for the soul. In today’s world, where is their hope? What do you hope for?
Matthew West wrote a song that I love to listen to. It gives me hope. It is called The Me You Made. The first verse reads:
I wish I looked like Bradley Cooper
Wish I had movie star muscles like Chris Pratt
I wish my kids thought I was cooler
Wish I wasn’t just a skinny-jean wearin’ dad
Now there’s another thing I’m wishin’
I wish I didn’t say what I just said
‘Cause now everybody’s heard
All the insecure voices in my head
The first verse is addressing how he compares himself to everyone else. But in 2 Corinthians 10:12, Paul reminds us not to compare ourselves to others who use themselves as a comparison, which is conceited. The second verse of the song is where he starts talking about social media. He says:
The whole world is postin’ pictures (yeah)
Looks like everybody else has the perfect life
And we’re just watchin’ from the bleachers (yeah)
Discontent and thinkin’, “Wouldn’t it be nice?”
But comparison is the thief of joy
Trust me, I know
‘Cause for way too long, I let it steal my joy
But not anymore
On social media, everything looks perfect. Four billion people from all over the world use social media, posting pictures, videos, or memes that show off their lives. The second half of this verse quotes President Roosevelt. “Comparison is the thief of joy” means that comparing oneself to others takes away one’s own happiness. This is the part of the song where he stops comparing himself to others. Lastly, the chorus:
I don’t wanna spend my life
Wishin’ I was different
That would be a waste of time
‘Cause I know You
You love me just as I am
And I know my God don’t make mistakes
So, I’m just gonna be the me You made
Now we come to the part of the song that talks about our theme this year, Better Than.
In Romans 3:9, it says, “Are we better than they? Not at all.” We are not any better or worse than anyone else. In this case, Paul was referring to the difference and separation between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians. But the same concept applies to us today. Even though something might look perfect on social media, those people are showing themselves through a filter. Don’t put your trust and admiration into something that is being filtered. One of the reasons we can trust in God with our whole selves is because He is completely honest and open with us. Psalm 118:8 says that “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
We can compare everything with the phrase “better than.” We like some things better than other things. No one is better than anyone else. In Hebrews, the New Law is better than the Old.
We should put our trust in God because He created us exactly the way we should be. There is no “better than” with people. God doesn’t make mistakes; we know because the Bible says so in Matthew 5:48, Psalm 18:30, Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Samuel 22:31, and many other verses.
The Me You Made ends by saying “I’m just gonna be the me You made,” acknowledging that there is no way for us to be completely perfect. We are human and humans make mistakes, but God did not make a mistake when He made each and every one of us the way we are. We shouldn’t have to change ourselves to fit into the “perfect” world behind a screen.
We know that our God loves us, just the way we are, and that gives us hope.