Reason Number One: CLARITY!
I underestimated how consuming social media had become in my life. Am I posting enough? Will this post get the engagement I want? Are they seeing my post? Do I have enough content for the week? Consuming.
Aside from working on brand campaigns, I would spend endless hours scrolling on Instagram. Bored, scrolling; working, scrolling, at an event, scrolling, dinner with my friends; countless pictures and more scrolling. It felt so relieving to unplug! I was not only free from having to organize my Instagram feed but I was less consumed with what everyone else was doing with their lives.
Unplugging for these past 30 or so days helped me to clear my mind from the clutter and noise.
As much as I love the community that I’ve been able to connect with via Instagram, sometimes this social media world can be very toxic. As we look at social media through our rose-colored lenses, we can’t help but compare where we are to where everyone else is.
As a single woman, who desires marriage and a family of her own; it’s not easy to sit back and watch, what I feel is, everyone else getting blessed with something I strongly desire. Although I have faith that marriage is in my future, it gets hard a lot of times. What often makes me uncontent, in my wait, is being flooded with constant images of engagements, marriages, and baby showers. I find myself laboring before God in prayer and lament for my future husband and my marriage.
When you’re striving towards your own goals, it’s toxic to assume everyone is a living a “picture-perfect” life; social media creates this false illusion. It creates an appetite for the desire to covet what others have or pretend to have ; it’s the way it was set up. Spending time out of that world and with reality is necessary for clarity.
I haven’t heard God’s voice this clear in a long time.
Unplugging for these past 30 or so days helped me to clear my mind from the clutter and noise. Trust me when I say: I haven’t heard God’s voice this clear in a long time. God speaks to me in my dreams; often times, it’s to warn me. I hadn’t dreamt, in months, until I unplugged; talk about clarity. I didn’t have to sift through the noise to hear God’s voice this time. I received revelation after revelation about a lot of things that I’d been worrying about – even things I didn’t know were afflicting me.
Reason Number Two: Priorities
Jonathon McReynolds has a song, that I love, called Make Room which sparked an #InviteGodinChallenge I did last year. In the song, McReynolds expresses his need and desire to prioritize time for God in his life through these song lyrics:
I find space for what I treasure
I make time for what I want
I choose my priorities and
Jesus you’re my number one
So I will make room for you
I will prepare for two
So you don’t feel that you
Can’t live here, please live in me
This song always tugs at my heart and challenges me to examine my priorities. Was I making time for God or was I squeezing Him in when I could “find” the time? If I had to be honest with myself, the time I spent scrolling I could’ve spent in prayer, writing more, and reading God’s word. In 30 days, I was reminded of the effects that consistent prayer and seeking God’s face truly has in your life.
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
I’ve been in such a good mental and spiritual space. I’ve felt free from unnecessary pressure, at such peace, and one with God. I needed this; we needed this.
If you’ve been feeling a nudge to take some time away from Social Media, let this come as your confirmation. Take a break sis! Let your mind be free. Spend more time with God in prayer. Take the time you would spend scrolling and replace it with reading. Be clear about your goals.
Separate what you see everyone else doing with what you are purposed to do. No two persons’ paths looks identical, we were all created uniquely and individually. Don’t let social media rush you or motivate you to align your life with how someone else is living theirs. In your time away from the gram, clear your mind and write down YOUR goals and YOUR vision. Seek God in your time away.
Repent for the time you put everything before Him and ask Him to open your ears to hear Him, eyes to see Him, and heart to receive everything He has for you. Make room for God. Will you let God be your priority? After your break, share the lessons you’ve learned and the goals you’ve set with me; I’m looking forward to hearing from you.