Unplugging From Social Media

I used to be all about social media, but now I’m just over it. Every time I login to Facebook, I get sucked in and lose track of time, making me waste time from my day. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are time sucks. We all get hooked on them, wanting to see what our friends and family are up to, looking at the news, or just wasting our time at a doctor’s office waiting to be taken back to the exam room.

Social media gets us so dependent on technology that we’re afraid to sit in a quiet house alone. It gets us so dependent on needing to check our phones constantly that we can’t go an hour without touching them. We get so lost scrolling through our feeds that before we know it, thirty minutes has passed. We use our social media accounts to fill our time and to help us with our boredom.

But what if we used our free time for God instead? How would our lives look and feel then?

What if we spent 30 minutes each day reading and studying our bibles instead of scrolling mindlessly through our timelines? What if we deleted our social media apps from our phones and spent more time conversing with our family that is right in front of us? What if we allotted ourselves only an hour each day on social media and filled the rest of our time with family, reading God’s word, listening to worship music, and enjoying the world around us?

I believe if we did those things, our lives would be fuller and our relationships with our spouses, kids, and extended family would flourish.

1 Corinthians 7:35 says, “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.”

This scripture teaches us to be focused on the Lord at all times without any distractions. When we allow distractions into our lives, we get consumed with them and lose focus on the things that really matter. Sometimes we get so distracted and so overwhelmed with the distractions that we forget to take a moment for ourselves. God never intended for us to live our lives this way.

God created us to worship Him in all things. Our sole purpose is to worship God and to live for Him. God sent His only Son to earth, in the form of a man to show us that we are not only able to live sinless lives, but that we can overcome temptation and set aside the distractions that try to get our minds and hearts off of the things that truly matter. We can live by Jesus’s example.

Jesus may not have lived in a world that was full of smart phones and social media, but He lived in a time where the devil would use anyone and any situation to distract Him from the task at hand. Doesn’t that sound familiar to us today?

It saddens me to see so many dependent on their smart phones and their social media accounts today. When I go out on a date with my husband, we both leave our phones on the table, checking them from time to time. We’re not the only families who do that either. Many times, I’ll see couples so engrossed in their phones that they don’t take the time to look at one another and really listen to what each one has to say. I see kids who are so engulfed in their games that they don’t take the time to build a relationship with their parents.

Social media is fueling us, but God is the only one who can keep the fuel burning and give us purpose in life.

I want to challenge each of you to spend some time away from social media this holiday season. Spend more time with your family and really enjoy being in their presence and hearing their voices when they speak. Set a limit of how many hours you will get onto your social media accounts and then use the rest of your time studying God’s word and spending time with family. We need to get back to the basics of living life like when we were kids and social media wasn’t even a thing yet. Remember how simple and peaceful life was back then and strive to get your life back to that type of peace again.

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