Last week, I had an epiphany: electronic communications have recently scooped up much of the time I should be spending with the Lord.
Let me state that more accurately: I have allowed the many forms of social media to take priority over the time I once spent with God.
Rather than read my Bible, rather than pray, rather than spend time simply talking with God, my epiphany revealed that I have an idol that steals my time from God.
Little wonder I’ve felt less peace and joy in my life, but have been experiencing more stress, more worry, and an abundance of anxiety.
I knew this needed to be rectified, but what could I do?
I completely unplugged from all forms of social media—including email—for the past three days. Rather than read what others are doing, rather than addictively clicking the “Like” button, rather than looking at endless emails, I focused on God.
Because it’s been a while, there was a lot to talk about with the One who is never too busy to listen—starting with admitting that I’ve sinned by making something more important than God.
I read my Bible—and because I now had the time—I contemplated what I’d just read. Amazingly, I was able to view situations in my life with clarity and discernment.
Now, four mornings after unplugging, the joy in my heart and spirit has been restored. The things that were stressing me have been handed over to the One who can best deal with them. Gone is the worry and anxiety that had become heavy burdens. And in their place is peace—the perfect peace that can only be provided by God.
Social media has become an important part of our lives, and I need to use it. But I need to limit the time I spend with electronic communications and make my personal communication with God my first and foremost priority. I can already see the difference.
Do you need to unplug for a while? Leave a comment and tell me what you do when you’ve reached your stress limit.
Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY