If your finding your relationship with God and others a little challenging, consider if time spent with your smart phone is ripping time away from the important people in your life. Let’s find out if your most important relationships are in danger of sabotage by social media.
Social media can kill your relationship with anybody but especially God. He doesn’t scream out for your attention like the other people in your life. But maybe the important people in your life have quit screaming!
Fact: social media is fun. It’s cool to be in the know. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Linkedin, can even help us engage with our family, friends, and circles of influence. But for social media to be an advantage it needs to enrich our relationships rather than rob from them.
Here are a few questions you can ask to determine if social media is killing what you really want to thrive.
Social Media Tilt-Meter Test: (See if any of these apply to you.)
- What’s the first thing you reach for in the morning? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or your Bible?
- Upon waking, who do you comment to first, your mate or your friends on social media?
- If you added up all the minutes you spend on social media each day – would it be as much as you give God for Bible reading and prayer?
- Do your know more about what’s going on in the life of your peeps than you do your kids?
- How often do you check in with your tweeps and peeps in comparison to how often you check in with God?
- When your dining with a loved one, do you know more about what’s on their plate, or more about the dish you just found on Instagram?
There’s nothing wrong with social media, as long as it doesn’t snuff out the time you need with God or other important people in your life.
Try the Media Fast Challenge:
Go on a social media fast. Try it for a week. You will be amazed at how much more time you have to talk with God and others. Instead of grabbing your phone or electronic device, read your Bible and other good books. Take time to think. Enjoy a walk with someone important in your life. Or hey, just take a walk by yourself. Remember what it’s like to smell the roses.
Unplugging will help you get your groove back. It will reset your brain.
If you can’t resist the urge to check in with your tweeps and peeps, then delete the apps. Go ahead. It’s ok! You can always get them back.
Yes, you will miss social media at first. The first time I did a social media fast I thought I was missing out on everything important. But here’s what I learned: The world around me isn’t as important as what’s really important. God. My husband. My kids. My close friends, and yes…me!
You’ll find social media a hard habit to break. But once broken it will bring freedom. Freedom to your relationships. With God. With others. With yourself.
Don’t let social media rip away your time with God and all that’s important. Take a little media break. You’ll have greater clarity when you return…and better relationships.