This article is a continuation of this post on why we should escape social media once in a while.
To Pray More
How quick we are to turn to Google for answers or ask our online circles for advice. With just a few clicks, we can get information on just about anything. But in our search for answers, we often forget about the One who has the perfect answer for everything we need.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 NIV
Having time to commune with God is probably the most important reason to escape social media. Unfortunately, spending time in our “prayer closets,” has been replaced with quick, online prayers and on-the-go worship.
Let’s prioritize our day and make time for prayer and supplication.
…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
To Get Outside
When caught up in the cycle of social media, hours can go by before we realize we’ve been pent up inside, sitting in the exact same position. Our phones and computers rob us of time spent outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
We get used to seeing posts about our friend’s vacation and vicariously feel like we’ve had a taste of the beach. We scroll through gardening posts and relish the sight of someone else working in their garden.
But images on social media can’t replace the good ole’ outdoors. In fact, too much time indoors is a recipe for poor health. Let’s escape social media and get outside to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation!
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 NKJV
To Engage with People
Have you ever asked the bagger at the grocery store how his day is going, only to be met with a “deer in the headlights” look? People aren’t used to engaging with each other. And they often don’t know how to respond when someone out-of-the-blue asks about their day. It’s sad, but true.
Unfortunately, the younger generation seems to be more comfortable online. Perhaps it’s because it eliminates awkward lags in conversation, or allows people to feel freer with their words. Whatever the case, escaping social media to actually connect with people will hopefully become a growing trend.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 NKJV
To Stop Looking for Security
Whether people realize it or not, social media has become a subconscious indicator of security and acceptance. We rely on it for affirmation, but in the end, it only sets us up for disappointment.
The thing is, social media platforms have trained us to seek acceptance by the number of likes, comments or smiling emojis we receive. Instead of looking to God, who made us in His image, we look to our social networks for security.
Every person has an inner need to be accepted. Social media fuels that need. However, it cannot fulfill every person’s longing for unconditional love. Only God can offer the unwavering security we seek.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 ESV
To Put Feet to Our Faith
In some ways, social media has given us permission to avoid putting feet to our faith. We falsely believe that encouraging words sent through an online platform somehow replaces physical acts of service. It’s easier to type a quick accolade than invest time and energy into helping others.
Let’s not grow lazy when it comes to putting feet to our faith. Let’s take to heart James chapter 2 and be careful not to let our faith be without works. Ultimately, escaping social media in favor of service to others will not only be an outward display of our faith, but it will also build relationships with people.
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:15-17 NKJV
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