Fun fact for the day: if your mom or dad is on social media, you may have heard of Twitter. The logo for twitter is a blue bird–did you know he has a name? His name, Larry, Larry the Bird. Named after a famous basketball player whose name is… Larry Bird. True story. Bonus fun facts about Twitter: it has 145 million people using it daily, and 22% of adults in the US use it. But those numbers are actually really low compared to other social media like Instagram or Facebook.
Social media is a great way to stay in contact with family and friends, get news and share fun things like photos. But it’s also something that can make people feel sad or lonely. A lot of times on social media, people get jealous. Maybe your friend has a huge house. Maybe they got to go to Disneyland, or Hawaii. It’s a challenge to feel happy for your friends and not feel jealous.
God tells us not to covet in the 10 commandments. Covet means to want something that’s not ours. As you practice thankfulness this week, try and be thankful for what you have, and to be just purely happy for your friends.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 6 Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. 7 Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. 8 Love will never end…13 So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, Forgive me for being jealous of things other people have or get to do. Teach me to be thankful and to be happy for other people. Amen.