Facebook bragging

By Trillia Newbell

Yesterday I had a tough day. My kids fell apart, my house was a mess, I yelled at my husband and I sobbed in a corner.

Today was an awesome day. I found out that I will be promoted and I’ve been praying for this. My kids obeyed and miraculously I was able to cook dinner and dessert! What a great day!

Now imagine both of these were Facebook or Twitter posts. Which one do you “like” the best? Are you excited about the mom who had a good day or would you prefer that she not post that? Are you most excited for the person who had a miserable day because you think that they are being more “real”?

I’ve noticed a trend of articles and blog posts lately around “facebook bragging” and being annoyed by the person who has a lot of good days. I can relate to having a life that doesn’t look all grand and beautiful. In many ways I’m just a Loser Mom.

But today, after seeing another post about that I just wondered if the problem isn’t the person who is potentially “bragging” but rather that we don’t want to rejoice in their good. I’m in no way suggesting that everyone would rather see people suffering or discouraged but do we like to rejoice with others? I’m just not sure.

Maybe the mom who posts about her TV appearance or the mom who posts about her child making an “A” on the paper, or the husband posting about a promotion, or a single posting about a new relationship, or (fill in the blank), maybe they are posting because they are excited about what the Lord is doing. Perhaps they have family who are their “friends” who want to hear about it.

What do you think? Do you think that people can post with pure motives? Do you think it’s necessary to judge or evaluate people who post positive things?

I think we can rejoice with those who rejoice and pray for those who may struggle with “bragging” all at the same time! I believe we can be excited for others and see God’s good work.

I hope you have a wonderful day and I’d love to see you post about it!

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” (Romans 12:15-16 ESV)

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV)

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4 Comments to “Facebook bragging”

  1. Lola Alapo says:

    Interesting post! As I started to read it, I thought of the scripture that says to rejoice with those who rejoice and grieve with those who grieve, etc. Then I read it at the very bottom! There’s a fine line, I think, between being genuinely excited and showing off. It’s hard to tell which it is sometimes. In the same way, I think the responses of those reading may be annoyance because of their discontent/jealousy. I know it’s been hard for me sometimes when friends have announced engagements and I’m like, “yeah, whatever!” But the issue hasn’t been them. It’s been me and my heart and attitude. I’m constantly being challenged about this. Thanks for writing.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for writing, Lola! It is a fine line. We just don’t fully know people’s motives or hearts. I think we might do more judging than rejoicing. MAYBE.

  3. ap says:

    it also says to weep with those who weep. i think people who struggle get annoyed with people who have no problems, or complain about minor things, tho i do think we should celebrate with others, however people who are homeless and suffering and we complain about minor things this is just wrong and not being sensitive to those who may not have as much as us/ Everyone wants to root for the underdog the person that struggles and then FINALLY makes it but someone who brags about their good fortune i would caution to watch out and watch their motives as quickly as you got as fast as it could disappear. generally tho i ‘ve been to some places where people have nothing and their hearts are pure and they have nothing but joy, sometimes things have a tendency to corrupt your spirit if you are not a giver.

  4. admin says:

    There’s definitely a balance we must strike. If we err on the side of grace either way you’ll probably be doing good. In other words, we should have grace for the bragger and grace for the complainer. Thanks so much for the comment.