Most of us are still trying to figure out who we want to be when we grow up. There must be a perfect job somewhere, where I can make a lot of money, impact the world forever, be respected and admired, be who I am, and do what I love.
For a lot of young people, being a social media influencer seems to check all those boxes. More than half of Gen Z and millennials — those between the ages of 13 and 38 —Say If they could, they would be an influencer. Even more (86%) said they would be willing to publish sponsored content to make money. (In China, you can even take university courses Help you become a social media celebrity. )
When it comes to possible high profile careers, the internet has certainly changed the game. But does it really put celebrity status within reach, or does it just seem so? What price must be paid on the road to social media stardom?
Let me suggest three things to watch out for.
1. “Build your brand.”
In the past only people like Michael Jordan or Venus Williams had their own brand. You have to do something to achieve a certain level of recognized success within an institutionalized framework.Even then, athletes and American Idol longed to be drafted go through Existing brands, signed well-known brands.
Now, you is the brand. Unfortunately, that means it’s easy to start moving in all directions in order to market yourself as widely as possible. This self-promotion mentality can actually damage and degrade the glorious value God has given you as a unique individual.
Celebrities used to mourn the loss of privacy. Right now, we offer our privacy for free, in the hope that someday someone will pay something for it. The more motivated you are, the less private you become. Every detail, every decision, every relationship becomes material for public consumption. Where does the product end and where does the person begin? Is it weird that you feel anxious and lonely when you put your phone down?
Celebrities used to mourn the loss of privacy. Right now, we offer our privacy for free, in the hope that someday someone will pay something for it.
As a terrible and wonderful person created by God, you already have value. You deserve a celebration, and Psalm 139:14 points this discovery to the right place – our Creator. God sees this value, even in places and times when others don’t. You have qualities that you can’t see, but God likes because he has a blueprint for you.
You are not a product to sell or an idol to worship, but a complex and beautiful child of God. We unlock our potential not by trying to guess what our audience wants to hear, but when we discover who we really are in our relationship with God.
2. “Listen to your audience.”
this message is code Relevant and media savvyThere’s nothing wrong with wanting to communicate in a relevant way, but how do you do it when your income depends on your popularity? Are you choosing information, or are you saying something that you think will bring you followers?
If your compass doesn’t fit with God’s Word and fixed value systems, what confidence do you have to do anything but regurgitate prevailing trends and ideologies with your own voice?
To understand your audience, you must stay on the cutting edge of entertainment, media usage and lifestyle. This is not a skill that can be fired. It requires constant learning and immersion in media and celebrities. Are you willing to invest tirelessly in this area knowing that your missteps could ruin your brand—your identity? Is this pursuit one that you want your legacy to be wrapped in, or do you want something more timeless?
In Isaiah 51:12-13, God contrasts fear of man with dependence on man: “I am my comforter; who are you, whom you fear death . . . ?” God points us to Fear of people and then blame it on our pride. “Who is you Are you afraid of dying people? ”
In other words, you are fascinated by other people’s opinions as you try to elevate yourself to the position of God. You are not that important. You don’t have to put that pressure on yourself.On the other hand, it is God who really comforts you. You can’t comfort yourself well, and you can’t rely on the impetuousness of others to comfort you.
3. “Share the real you.”
When you spend time pursuing a career as an influencer, do you still have your “true self”? What do you have left to be authentic?still from what yourather than being driven by what you want others to want to hear and see or what the brand wants you to portray?
What we pursue is not only consumption, but be consumed. Our identities are increasingly managed through digital platforms that are consumer products themselves. We live in social media companies that shape our appearance as a NASCAR vehicle and stamp it with what we hope is our own unique group of brands.
What we pursue is not only consumption, but be consumed.
Why is it noticeable when someone shares information about family or friends online? This is because relationships reveal the real you. Relationships lead to a more meaningful and remarkable you that won’t be put on hold by the next trend. When your relationship with Jesus becomes the center of your life, you will want to share more of his hope with others.You will have more freedom at the same time from Other and more values to other.
goals and motivation
None of this means that social media celebrities’ goals or desire to influence others are inherently bad. But for Christians, social media brands should look different.
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” This means that the internal gravity has changed. The center of your being has shifted.
When you live your life, when you speak, when you consume products, you have a clear and steady purpose in front of you and a drive behind you. is Christ. As a Christian, you seek to develop your thoughts and desires to better align with Jesus. No matter how many likes or retweets you receive, you also have an inner sense of self-worth in Christ that is infinitely valuable.