Social media is destroying my mind lately. I pride myself in saying “I don’t watch the news” but what difference does it make when I am scrolling mindlessly and consistently on social media getting the same awful intake.
Our souls are not capable of absorbing so much pollution on a regular basis. I heard a stat this weekend: within 15 minutes we consume the same amount of media that our grandparents generation consumed in an entire month.
We are distracted and bombarded and losing sight of what matters. People. People matter. Yes, even the people you disagree with. Even the people on the “other side”. Even the people you think are misinformed or wrong.
Listen. I am admittedly not a fan of president Biden. I didn’t vote for him but I have to respect his position. Lately, my heart hurts when I see memes and photographs of people blatantly making fun of him. That is not love. And that’s truly what we are created for. Loving God and loving one another as ourselves.
Another take away from this past weekend was “loving one another as ourselves”. If we’re not loving others well perhaps we’re not even loving ourselves well. That’s a huge wake up call. I get this wrong, often. Daily. Hourly. But I want to be better.
I don’t want to put my head in the sand and ignore the world around me. Well, truthfully, I do sometimes. I know that’s not the answer. But being immersed in a world full of evil, heartache and hatred is not the answer either. Be aware of current events so you can get on your knees and pray to the God of all creation. He hears and he sees and he cares. And while we cannot understand on a grand scale why things happen the way they do we can trust that He is sovereign.
I encourage you to prayerfully take a glance at your own heart and mind. What are you dwelling on? What are you spending the majority of your time reading? What are you currently worrying about or stressing over?
Depending on how you answered those questions what do you think God would have you change? For me, I know it’s less scrolling and more praying. It’s less strategizing and more seeking. It’s less fear and more surrender. It’s less criticizing and more giving thanks.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
All for love,