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Social Media Overload

One of the things that I find myself doing way to often is turning on my phone and burning countless hours on Instagram and Facebook. There are even some times when my wife and I are sitting right next to each other on the couch and it will be completely silent except for the sound of fingertips hitting the screen of our iPhones. The world we live in now is saturated with social media. It seems like we can spend all of our time on Facebook and never miss anything that happens in the world. One thing we can miss on Facebook and Instagram is the voice of God. Think about it, how much knowledge of God could you gain if we were to spend as much time in our Bibles as we do on our phones and computers?

Ephesians 5:11 says, “Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” That word fruitless in the original Greek means “useless” or “unproductive.” Let’s face it, most of the time we are on social media for no reason other than to burn time or because we are bored. I know that quite a few people would argue that social media can be used for good such as creating awareness for certain issues or to rally support for a cause but lets face it, most of the stuff on there is garbage that can pollute our minds and make us think that some things are acceptable.

My challenge is to you is use your time wisely. The time that we spend consumed with technology we could be developing meaningful relationships with friends and family, reading the Word of God to further our understanding of Him and even talking to Him and letting Him know what’s going on in our hearts. Remember our time here is short, James 4:14 says that our lives are like a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. So lets use the time we have to make an impact on our Oikos.