Oh Social Media…Part One

Good morning friends!  I hope hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today on my mind, is social media.  Well, it has been on my mind for quite some time.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with social media.  I love being able to stay connected with family who are far from me, connect with old friends, and see where life has taken them.  I love the prayer chain accessible in minutes, and the ability to connect with businesses and organizations.  Not to mention the coupons and deals I find there.  However, there is a piece of social media I dislike.

About two years ago, God laid a verse on my heart, that really began to convict me, but I was not exactly sure how He was going to use it.  The verse is 1 Thessalonians 4:11 and it says, “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.”  Now, there is a lot that goes along with this verse if you look at the whole chapter, or heck, the whole book of 1 Thessalonians, but for me, I knew God was giving me that first part about living a quiet life in regarding social media.

I know social media is a part of our world now, so much business and communication with organizations happens in this realm, so I have not been sure how to balance that verse, with my own social media usage.  Is this one of those cultural things I am being tricked into believing is more important than it is, or is it really something I am going to have to learn to balance to thrive in this world?  And, how do I help my kids navigate?

The part of social media I do not like, is the way it makes people feel sometimes.  Social media takes “keeping up with the Jones'” to a whole new level.  Every time we sign on, we see what some call the “highlight reel” of every person’s life.  We see everyone’s fabulous vacations, new boats, houses and cars, the great parties, gatherings and dates they have.  As well as, the plethora of other things the enemy tries to use to create discontent in us.  A few years ago, God worked on contentment in my life, and for the most part I do pretty well.  But every once in awhile, the enemy will hit me with the sting of envy through social media.

God has been working on something different in me with this though.  Over the last couple of months, when my family is somewhere, doing something, I will think about taking a picture to post on my pages.  Instantly, God has been asking me, “Why?”  I first tried not to answer this question, because I knew my answer, “Because I want everyone to see what we are doing and hit that little like button.”  Yuck!

I slowly began to realize why God wanted me thinking about 1 Thessalonians 4:11.  I was way too concerned with my audience of 500 and forgot that there is only an audience of One who really matters.  Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  Eeek!

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I am absolutely not condemning social media use, or making a statement of how you choose to use it.  I just believe there may be people who feel like I do, and I hope I can encourage you.  God has given each of us a “business” to mind, including our spouse, our children, our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.  Our business includes the mission to love the world, so people will know He is God and choose to follow Him.

Where does that leave me in this social media conundrum?  I have decided not to abandon social media, or this blog for that matter.  Instead, I will ask myself a question before I post.  “Am I posting this because I want attention, or am I trying to love the world and point it toward Jesus?”

Join me tomorrow!  I will talk about how in my own life, I have seen social media affect the ability to make and develop friendships.  Have a wonderful Monday!

Please share your own feelings about social media in the comments below!  And be sure to follow me through the “Follow” link, so you do not miss a post!

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6 thoughts on “Oh Social Media…Part One

  1. All the amens! God has been tugging on my heart recently on this same subject! Taking the apps off my phone was so hard! But I’m loving how that has taken the temptation away. I feel like it has freed up some time for God to speak to me much more clearly!

    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts Melissa! I too took the app of my phone and yes, crazy how the temptation flies. I also love hearing this enables you to hear God more clearly! Thanks for reading!

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  2. I love this! I absolutely spend way more of my time on social media than I’d like for anyone to know-haha. I often hear God tell me how much more I could be doing with that time. How much I could be memorizing from his word or sitting with Him or serving others. And even after feeling convicted, I find myself absentmindedly opening up that stinking app! Thank you Erin, for speaking what my heart has been hearing and for affirming what the Spirit has been leading me to know. Love you friend.

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    1. Thank you for reading an sharing Caren! I love hearing how God speaks to different hearts with other things through these posts! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! The time issue is CRAZY!!! I do have to mention, our new again relationship is because of social media…again…there is good!

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  3. Awesome post Erin. I am very careful about who I am ‘friends’ with on social media. I do my best to have ‘friends’ who are not airing their dirty laundry, but who are being honest in their lives and share from the heart (all though I could do without all the political sharing from the heart now a days). I, too, struggle with the ‘keeping up with the Jones’ syndrome and find that I compare my life way too often. I balance that by being grateful. I try to remain sooo grateful for what’s in front of me and to stay proud of my accomplishments and I constantly thank God for what He has given to me. Social media is great for a person like me who is truly an extrovert living in an introvert body. I love to be around people and talk to people ‘in the moment’, but I heavly dislike reaching out to people and I’m making initial contact. I am so much better when people in the sheet conversation or contact with me. Like you said, it’s all about finding the balance.

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    1. Yes Bridget! You hit the nail on the head, balance is key. I love what you have said about the benefits for our more introverted friends! Thank you so much for sharing and for reading!

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