“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I was alarmed this morning to scroll my newsfeed and find that THREE of my Facebook friends had shared a Thought Catalog article called How to Ruin Your Life . If you know me, you know I spend a lot of time worried about 12-18 year olds who have access to the internet, the time to surf it, and who don’t yet have the discernment skills to know what is and isn’t a reliable source. I could go on for hours about the complexities of this growing problem.
The article in question is deceiving because the writers obvious writing skills could indicate reliability to many. When I sent this to my boyfriend, he pointed out another alarming realization. In all his sweetness he mentioned, “Don’t you think this is the type of thing you would have eaten up not too long ago?” CRAP! It totally is! I initially adamantly denied this to him so I need to remember to tell him later that he was right (he’ll love that!)
So what’s so wrong about this post?
There’s actually a ton of good in it. There are a ton of concepts the writer brings to light that (whether or not she realizes) are extremely rooted in biblical principles. For example, not letting go of your past is damaging to your life. When you seek forgiveness for your sins, God let’s them go and so can you (my favorite verse:He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12). Other good parts: You ruin your lives when you compare yourself to others (also biblical).
The problem is: here is an article about how we ruins our lives and then how not to ruin them and it never once mentions God or Jesus. I won’t get into the principles of male-female relationships that it mentions that go against what God tells us through the Bible. What I will get into is the damaging last line:
“We have to strive to do extraordinary work, we have to strive to find extraordinary love. Only then will we tap into an extraordinarily blissful life.”
Unfortunately, the love being referred to is not Gods love, which is the most extraordinary love we will ever find. And the extraordinary work being referred to is not the actual extraordinary work of finding and carrying out God’s plan for us on earth.
Most shocking of all is that the author gives the false hope that any of this article will lead to an “extraordinarily blissful life.” I can bet the author is not speaking from personal experience. Why? Because we are sinners, meant to struggle.In fact, assured to struggle (In this world, you will struggle). Thankfully, Jesus has overcome the world that cannot offer us an “extraordinarily blissful life” all on its own.
We will not be truly fulfilled unless we seek fulfillment through Christ. We will not be entirely blissful until we have moved beyond this world to eternal bliss in heaven.