Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World is about how to have balance with social media while staying focused on Christ. Pastor Groeschel writes how we can use technology for the good. Since reading this book, I’ve become more aware how easy I could get off track in my walk with the Lord while on social media. I’m guilty of just Liking something when I should reach out to someone. #struggles is a good eye opener of the issues we face in this selfie-centered culture. It’s about managing and not letting it manage you, your relationships or your life. At no additional cost to you, if you choose to purchase from Amazon through my affiliate link in this post, I may receive a small commission.
Maybe we think we don’t have a problem with social media. One way to find out is to take a rest from it all. Unplug. Disconnect. Spend time with the kids, friends, and family, without checking Facebook. I’m guilty here too and want to try harder to disconnect once in a while.
The Bible says the world will know Christians by their love. It doesn’t say how many Likes they get. Or how many Bible verses they post. They will know us by our love. Are we showing our authentic self or a fake version online?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with most anything, there is good and bad. It’s fun to see photos but it’s not fun to read the negativity. Pastor Groeschel helps us to know how to steer clear from the negative aspects and to stay focused on living for Christ. The 8 chapters cover the following issues: struggle with comparisons, the struggle with “Likes”, the struggle with control, the struggle with desensitization, the struggle with secret impurity, the struggle with constant criticism, the struggle with idolatry and the struggle with constant distraction. There are Scripture verses included that are relevant to the issues discussed.
At the end of the book you’ll find, The Ten Commandments of Using Social Media to Grow Your Faith and Share God’s Love. This is very helpful.
Some of the quotes from the book I especially liked are:
“We were created not to collect followers but to follow Christ.”
“We were created not to be Liked but to show love.”
We were created not to draw attention to ourselves but to give glory to God.”
“We’ve become skilled at filtering our lives, showing others only what we want them to see.”
“Our news feeds can be full, but our hearts and souls empty. Anytime we allow our souls to be consumed with anything other than God, we will never be satisfied.”
“We compare our behind-the-scenes with other peoples highlight reel.” Pastor Steven Furtick
“Suffocate the flames of envy with a blanket of gratitude.”
“When people are really close to Jesus, their lives are no longer about themselves.”
The chapter on Resurrecting Compassion, The struggle with Desensitization, was sad to me. We show compassion slightly by posting an “I’m sorry” but true compassion doesn’t forget them—ask a week later how they are doing or a month later. From the book, “ To say you care but then not act is not to care at all.” This is unacceptable for those of us who call ourselves God’s people, his church.
I highly recommend #struggles by Craig Groeschel. If you are a Follower of Christ who wants to learn to use technology and social media for God’s glory in your life, then this is a must-read.
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