The difference between “notice me” and “noticing you”

In today’s social media world, it’s easy to confuse “notice me” with “noticing you.” We all have individualized accounts highlighting the best of ourselves. Each account is marked by creativity, followers, post engagement, etc. What a weird world we live in when everyone gets a platform.

However, that is also a beautiful thing. Think about it. EVERYONE has a platform. Everyone has the ability and potential to express themselves in wonderfully creative God-reflecting ways.

This is a really good and redemptive thing. But like all good things, this also has the potential to become identity idolatry. When we find our hearts longing to “be noticed,” then we’re swimming in the wrong stream.

Our lives should never be “notice me” lives. We should always live “I notice YOU” lives.

It’s okay to create and put it out there for the world. There is beauty even in the vulnerability. But let’s not use our creativity to put a magnifying glass on ourselves. Let’s use our creativity to put a magnifying glass on Christ. He always notices. He always loves. Even when we don’t. Even when we’re tempted to say to world “notice me!”

In this way, we love our neighbor.

In this way, we use our creativity to honor God.

In this way, we use this amazing medium God has given us to say to others, “I notice you.”

Published by Greg Gibson

Greg is a husband, dad, church planter, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Veritas City Church in Washington, DC. He resides in Georgetown with his wife, Grace, and two children.