Social Media

Thursday, May 1, 2014
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Ephesians 5:15-16 – See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (NKJV)

People have always had a need to communicate with each other. Various ways of communicating have been used, such as smoke signals, carrier pigeons, post, pony express, telegraph, telephone, radio, and television. In the late twentieth century came the Internet, with the first email being sent in 1971. In 1994, the first social media site came into being. Social media are Internet-based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Social media have grown into being a staple of our everyday lives, with a thirty-seven percent annual increase in usage. They affect both our work lives and our home lives, and, for the most part, for the better. They connect people all over the world and bring families and friends together with the touch of a button.

However, the day has come that I have had to reflect upon how I spend my time. I know that the Lord has spoken to me about it, as I have noticed a decrease in my writings. Each day has just as much time in it as it did a month ago, yet I don't seem to have any time to write.

I began to be more aware of how often in a day that I was clicking on a link into the world of social media. By the time that I had read the postings and then re-posted, fifteen minutes could have gone by. I hardly ever go anywhere without my cellphone, so it was always right there at my fingertips. I decided to de-activate my account, and within a week, I had written a lot more and spent more time in the Word.

1 Timothy 4:16 – Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (NIV)

I am not saying that participating in social media is wrong, but what is a concern is what the Bible says about how we spend our time. Just about anything can distract us from the Lord, like television, shopping, games we play, magazines we read. Distraction sneaks in slowly over time, and we need to be on the alert to this and to the Lord's prompting in our lives.

1 Corinthians 7:35 – I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. (NLT)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your Word that keeps us in focus on You and what You want for us. Help us to keep all things in perspective according to Your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good thoughts for us all.

    Guilty as charged and trying to do better.

    Thank you Julie for voicing this truth!
    May we all use our time wisely doing His will using/doing whatever.
    God bless you.

    Dear Julie,
    Thank you for your message of challenge to put Jesus Christ and his way and work at the head of our To Do lists.
    Do keep writing.

    Thanks Julie, you really touched me with your devotional today. As a senior citizen, I find myself falling into the trap of social media. Time can be my friend or my enemy. Thank you for saying it like it is. Pray that the Lord will help us to use our time to His Glory and not our own. God bless!

    Thank you for this day’s reading! My problem is not so much social media as reading!! Along with my Bible and other Christian books I also read on my e-reader! and I realize now that I spend too much time on it. Thank you again!

    Dear Julie: Thank you for this day’s Devotional. I am in my late 80s, a retired physician, in God-given good health with the privilege of being the primary caregiver for my wife of over 60 years and she well down the road of dementia.
    I try to live as Christ would approve; that yes, and for my wife who truly requires my heartfelt attention every day which gives me the sense that my existence is finally and truly worthwhile.
    The daily routine is simple. I maintain my wife’s daily needs. My Sweetheart and I go for daily walks and I take her with me when shopping.
    I seem to be neglecting Christ. I wanted you to know what you have brought to memory and why I had better look more in God’s direction if I ever want to be blessed “real good”. Still my life seems worthwhile as I look forward to waking up this morning along with those sudden catnaps each day.

    Thank you Julie for your message, Very good, thought provoking words. Blessings.

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