I have always been an early adapter to new technologies, leadership trends, or trying to understand current events. Over the past few weeks, I have been taking inventory of what really matters to me and where are my priorities.
I deeply value my relationship with Jesus, my family(the joy of a new grandson – Maddox), and those I have the joy of serving. My bucket is filled and I am most energized when I spend time in those spheres. So the question remaining that I needed to wrestle with – What are the distractions that impede or compete with those relationships?
While this post could be about various plans and thoughts I have about those disractions and the changes I am seeking (more to come in the days ahead), this post is primarily focused on just one – Social Media.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Colossians 3:1-4 “1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
The principle of setting my mind on things above and reconginizing my life and identity is in Christ has created a deep stir in my heart. It had become clear to me, something needed to change. I deeply desire to grow in my relationship with God and with others and Social Media for me, was creating a deep valley between my desired state and current state. With this in mind I am disabling my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Here are few thoughts on this.
- This decision is for me – I am not condemning social media or telling anyone else to make a change.
- Social Media can be used for incredible good. I have seen the value first hand.
- Why not just limit yourself, you may be asking? I have taken breaks or limited myself on numerous occasions. However, it goes deeper; Social Media for me at moments has been a source of identity and sometimes a place of unhealthy thinking. I think we have all seen at times the ugliness within Social Media (Please do not assume this is directed at any one person or group). Simply put – my heart and mind are in desperate need of a break from social media spiritually and emotionally.
- Why share this with you? While I have many reasons why here are a few important ones to me. I did not want to “disappear” without providing context. I also have been advised that many of my followers connect with me to stay informed about Word of Life events and projects. Great news – our marketing team for years has done an awesome job keeping people informed, and you can follow the Word of Life social media accounts to stay current. I also plan to do more writing and sharing, and this blog will be the platform I use to share that content.
- Be encouraged! You can be an encouragement to many on social media – so keep it classy, my friends.
- New normal… we have heard that phrase a lot these past months – truthfully, while I am sure it will not be easy at first – I am looking forward to this new normal.
I love connecting with people and one of the reasons for this decision is to better connect with people – I have shared my contact information on this site and I am always up for a phone call, coffee, or simply send an email and I will be sure to get back to you.
Thanks for allowing me to share this with you? I am curious – does any of this resonate with you? If so, tell me what you think in the comments.