It began with a challenge; I realized that my social media craving was a subtle idol. I took the simple advice that Lara Casey offered in her e-book Clear the Clutter, “What if we spent half the time we do on the internet and social media on something else? What relationships would improve?”
I’m guilty of scrolling and liking and uploading and loving and tweeting.
At 5:00 p.m. last Friday I took control of my craving for social media. I logged out until the following Monday. Can I tell you what I witnessed?
I watched my daughters’ eyes. I took in their beauty and facial expressions.
I ventured to the backyard garage and sifted through old paperwork and books and found endearing photos which brought back memories.
I opened up a good book and dove into adventure and romance. Betrayals and triumphs.
That ancient, Holy book wanted my attention and my soul craved it, but my flesh kept wanting to be-in-the-know.
- Do you spend more time on the reels of social media than you do with the bestselling book of all time: The Holy Bible?
- Do you wake up to check Facebook and Twitter and forget to open up in morning prayer?
I dare you to log the time you spend on social media with the time you spend in prayer and bible time. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve got more investment in temporary things, friends.
Maybe my finite mind doesn’t get it—that I will one day meet a powerful and eternal spirit who has entrusted to me salvation. Whose asked me to go and fish for lives, while I fish around the news reels on social media.
Are your Sundays spent uploading pictures to Instagram instead of recharging with the King of Kings for Sunday worship?
Who has your allegiance?
The media of this world, which will one day fade away?
King Ahab had erected an altar to a false gods called Baal and Asherah, gods thought to control fertility and the sea (see I Kings 16:32). He broke covenant with God.
Today’s false gods are subtle and devious and they have the ability to lure us into idolatry. As an aspiring author, I can easily justify the time I spend on social media to platform-building. Am I stressing followers on Twitter instead of cultivating Christ-followers?
“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:24
What could happen to our prayer and family lives if we fasted from social media EVERY weekend?
A little bit of lovely, glory on earth, perhaps? Glory that begins with simple walks and full-on, undivided attention towards our loved ones.
Could you balance your real life with your electronic media life? Weekends void of social media frees up time for authentic prayer and life-giving fellowship.
Too many of our friends and loved ones need of our time:
Flesh and blood time.
Coffee and conversation time.
Battle-cry prayer time.
Go outside and breath time.
Will you join me? Will you reach out to someone beyond social media? Unplug and unwind with loved ones? Hold your husband’s hand and pray with him? Laugh and pray with girlfriends and family.
Let’s be intentional and break the ties with social media–at least on the weekends. Because it matters greatly to God how we build our spiritual lives and earthly moments.