I check my IG handle and some other social media handles regularly, to follow the responses to my thoughts and videos. The likes and dislikes have ways of encouraging me and measuring the impact of my posts. Somehow I found out that many of the Dislikes and Likes have ways of affecting my mood as I noticed that negative (dislikes) responses affect my mood more than the positive (likes).
This trend also happens to many people also, especially young ladies who are obsessed with the likes they get online to the point that they portray fake lives on those handles to attract ‘likes’ and also allow the dislikes to affect their esteem of themselves.
Opinions of many people about us have ways of affecting us negatively if they are unpleasant, even though many of those who share those opinions do not really know us and may not be as intelligent as we think, yet their simple click of the ‘dislike’ icon affects us deeply and has capacity of causing depression to the weak hearts.
The Bible tells me we should like what God likes and dislike what He dislikes. We should not be sad when people like what we dislike especially if they are things that God dislikes as well. I have had to look to scriptures for affirmation and not men so that I do not get trapped in the social media world and lose the gift of a sound mind from God.
Solomon advises us on what we should like by telling us what God dislikes and hates; we should also build our dislikes around those things as enumerated in Prov. 6 v 16-18 remedy.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination
Let me inspire you today on what how we should respond to likes and dislikes in this world today.
4 RULES ABOUT LIKES AND DISLIKES
- IS GOD OKAY WITH IT? This is the most important question you should answer before you allow the dislikes to arrest your heart and slay you with depression and plunge you into sadness. Once God is happy with your thoughts, you should not bother with how many dislikes you get but be sure God ‘likes’ the thought and view.
- WHY DID YOU POST AND SHARE IT? The real reason you shared and posted that thought should be clear in your mind and you should be convinced it was not to slight or pull down someone doing well in life. Some of my thoughts against false preachers do not give me sleepless nights at all because I know it is not personal but rather doctrinal towards correcting errors out there.
- DOES IT ALIGN WITH YOUR VALUES? You should not be moved negatively by the dislikes to your posts and thoughts when they align with your values; we should be value driven in sharing thoughts on social media and posting videos as well. Most of my videos are to instruct people on Righteousness and morally driven than money centered.
- IT IS THEIR OPINION: We live in an age of freedoms and liberties; the most precious in democratic societies today is the freedom of speech. Hence, I have decided not to get annoyed when someone is simply expressing their opinion about my videos and posts. My attitude towards those views are; ‘it is simply their opinion’ and I should not get bogged down by it.
I hope you have been inspired today and I do expect to read your feedback on how this article has blessed you.