Just “Like” The Update Already!
Posted by Stan Rodda
Since last Wednesday, I have been fasting from social media. I have given up Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare and more for Lent. This has turned out to be a great decision for me personally! I am finding myself with so much more time for more meaningful things. With the exception of a few moments, I really haven’t missed social media that much. To be honest, I really needed to contact someone the other day and I thought I could get their info from Facebook. Instead of logging on, I chose to email someone who could give me their info. It was a close call.
I’m not being legalistic about my decision, but I do want to honor the promise I have made to God as well. It seems as if things are going the right direction. I feel like things are clearing up for me. Now that I have given God more of my time, it feels as if He is trying to capitalize on it. I don’t believe I have all the answers and I certainly don’t believe I have arrived at some state of spiritual nirvana from which I can go no higher, but I do believe God is showing me some things.
I believe that social media is here to stay. It may not always exist in its current form, but I think that social media in some form will be with us for a very long time. That being said, God is the Beginning and the End. God existed before social media and will continue to exist long after its gone. God is showing me that social media can be a tool for ministry and that’s it. Just a tool. Social media is not life. It is not the cure all for what ails you. Social media when used properly, can be a great tool for connecting, networking and even caring for people you know. But sometimes I act as if social media is somehow life. That somehow my worthiness is wrapped up in how many people comment on a picture or “like” a status update. If people don’t RT me, somehow I’m less of a man. But this simply isn’t true.
God created me with a purpose. He has big plans for me, plans that He designed for me (and for you) before I was even born (Ephesians 2:10). And social media is not the plan. It might be a tool that goes along with the plan, but it isn’t the plan! I’m going to continue seeking God’s face and clinging to Him in times when social media used to reign supreme. And in those moments I will wait to see what God has in store.
How is Lent going for you?
What are you learning?