Should I Take a Break From Social Media?
Written by Christi Given | March 9, 2018
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Nowadays, there are more distractions than ever with the World Wide Web at our fingertips. We have Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube and other apps and networks online. We are constantly bombarded with messages and comparison traps, and to be honest, social media and the Internet can get exhausting. You may view positive quotes or scriptures online at times, which is great, but you may find yourself needing a break from the Internet.
Do you feel the World Wide Web catches you in a web? Do you feel stuck in the comparison game and do you war with insecurity or not feeling good enough? We’ve all been there, whether we have modeled professionally or even have credible blogs. No matter who we are, we’ve all been assaulted by the enemies’ lies that we are not enough. This is such a lie and we must walk in our royal identity as daughters of the King to combat the falsehood with truth.
No matter how many likes or affirmations through comments we get, God’s opinion matters more. Do not base your worth on views of your posts or how many subscribers you have. And please remember, PI Girls, most of the photos online are airbrushed or touched up. The reality is that the Internet can be somewhat of a fantasy world that is really a snapshot of a memory, or a highlight. The Internet is almost like a fake existence where people escape to their Pinterest boards or to their happy place of vain aesthetics.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Again, not all of the Internet is bad, and actually I get a lot of inspiration online, especially through Project Inspired and other ministries. But just to answer the question “Should I take a break from social media,” yes, if you feel drained or just spiritually dry, take a break from social media and focus on Jesus. It’s okay to take time off and to give up something you love for God and to restore your soul.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2)
It’s healthy to abstain from the things you like—that is called discipline and self-control. It’s good to call forth a fast or a season of separation where you can worship and refuel your soul in God’s presence. If you find yourself falling into the vanity trap or covetousness (wanting what others have and not being grateful), or if social media is distracting you from the best life you can have, I would say take a break. It’s more important to have a strong walk with God than to scroll down and waste time and to not guard your heart.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17)
If you feel the Internet or social media is somewhat damaging your soul or mind, or is harming you or distracting you rather than helping you, regroup and come back to it. Come back to social media when you can pour out and shine your light for Jesus. God wants to use you and your voice for His glory. I challenge you to think before you post and ask yourself if it would honor God.
Above ALL else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
Let us all be conscious to honor the Lord over people-pleasing or applause from the world. It is better to take the narrow road than the wide road of popularity. If you’re using the world’s platform for God’s glory, more power to you, but if the enemy is attacking you through technology, set a boundary or time frame for when you go online. Simply log out and tell yourself you are feeding your soul rather than your social network.
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
I encourage you to ask God to help guide you into all truth and to help you examine your heart and soul. Assess yourself, your spiritual health and your emotional health, and pray. Ask God if He wants you to fast from social media or not. Trust that God sees your heart and wants you to be mindful of what enters your eye gates and ear gates.
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. (John 3:23-25)
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