Social media has opened the door for the average person to create the life they want everyone to believe they live. Selfie photos, phone videos, and posts can make a person’s life appear perfect, happy, and privileged. But under the surface, the pressure to compete and keep up with an image leaves many people feeling anxious, stressed, insecure, uncertain and discontented.
“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson Huff found herself in that trap.
“My captions would have a happy ending, but my life didn’t look like the happy ending. My pictures were filtered. But in reality, I was not in the best relationships. [I] didn’t have a lot of great friendships,” she said while guest speaking at Passion City Church in Washington, D.C.
Then when she decided to deepen her relationship with the Lord, she became convicted about her dishonesty on social media, and decided to make a change.
Ironically, Robertson Huff has some real accolades. She was a runner up on “ABC’s Dancing With the Stars” in season 19, has had roles in the Christian movies, God’s Not Dead 2 and I’m Not Ashamed, is a motivational speaker, author of three best-selling books and has even been interviewed on an episode of the Christian talk show “Focus on the Family.”
Nevertheless, deepening her relationship with the Lord challenged her to explore, on a deeper level, the promises of God and the purpose for which He designed her.
“When I began to understand His Word and how to receive those things by being within His Word, and in His Spirit and in His presence, … things started to change for me. … My priorities weren’t worldly anymore. They were of God,” she said.
Robertson Huff changed her focus. She began to encourage Christians to use their social media platforms to encourage others to follow Christ and live according to His Word rather than living a worldly life.
She believes “social media is what we make it,” and encourages Christian social media users to be a light to their followers, making glorifying God their priority within the content they share.
“You know, sometimes you need to take a break from it. I actually just did that. But be in it and be the light of the world in it,” she said. “And the same way that people are going to see your light, as they’re scrolling on their feed, people will see your Father through you.”