Lately I've been thinking about my priorities and it's become pretty clear that I have a problem. A social media problem. Almost every night before I go to bed and even some mornings before I get out of bed, I grab my phone and scroll through Facebook, Twitter, etc. I do it on break at work and when I'm sitting and waiting for anything. I'm not even sure why I do it, because honestly I probably am not concerned with what whoever ate for breakfast or the latest drama, but I do it anyway.
Well not anymore. God has been working on my heart and on making HIM my life's priority. Sometimes I say things like "I really need to read the Bible more, I just feel like I never have time" or "I want to read the Bible at night/in the morning, but I'm so tired." News flash: if I wasn't playing around on social media apps, I'd have plenty of time to read the Bible. That's the honest truth for a lot of us.
So I did it.
That's right. Facebook is gone. And Twitter. And a few other silly games. (I never had a Pinterest app!) Not completely, just as apps on my phone. I honestly do love Facebook for allowing such an easy way to keep in touch with people, but I don't want it to be a priority in my life. Now if I have a little bit of free time, I can use it to read the Bible, pray and sing worship songs.
I even downloaded a Bible app, so I really have no excuse to ever be "too busy" to delve into scripture. If I want my life to reflect the Lord, I need to be feeding it daily with the Lord's word. What I put into my mind, will come out through my words and actions. I need to treat my relationship with Christ like any other relationship...it needs my time and attention to flourish and grow. I can't expect to apply His word to my daily life if I never read it or study it.
I'll still be on my computer at home checking in on Facebook and Twitter. And definitely still around on Blogger. But I really just needed to do a little "social media diet" to make sure that Christ was my priority. Christ, then family and friends. That's what matters.
I challenge y'all to take a look at your own lives and see where social media stands on y'alls priority lists. I know it's hard to believe, but there really is more to life than status updates and tweets! : )
PS: I don't even miss the apps on my phone! It's actually pretty freeing.