You may or may not have noticed… But I just spent a week away from all social media. I know you’re thinking “only a week?” but sometimes, that’s genuinely all it takes. Social media can be excruciatingly unhealthy in my life. Last week, I let something regarding social media blow completely out of proportion and basically gave myself a panic attack over it. It was painful. It was emotional. I needed a break.
So… Here are a few things I wanted to share with you that I’ve learned this week being off of social media:
I’ve learned how to have a healthy balance in my life and how not to push my own limits.
This is a hard one for me to swallow up… But I’m much more emotional than the average 20 year old female. I’ve also been through a heck of a lot more than the average 20 year old female. I need more limitations than others, and that’s okay; as long as I know how to properly and biblically balance those limitations. Never too much, but never too little.
I’ve learned that it’s okay to take care of myself.
Learning my own limitations has been so crucial in my personal life, my relationship with God and my relationship with others. I’ve learned to find that balance. So what if I need a little extra TLC? Not everyone can provide that for you, so sometimes ya have to take a little extra care of yourself and that’s okay.
I’ve learned that God speaks louder volumes when I’m seeking Him in my alone time rather than reading feel-good Christian quotes online.
The most beautifully wrecking God-moments of your life will happen in private when you’re on your face seeking His desire. The moments I’ve felt the most joy in my life were the moments I prioritized prayer and digging into the Word. I heard someone say recently that the biggest God-moments of your life are in private, not in public.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. // Matthew 6:6
I’ve learned that I need to pour into my friends, leaders and pastors now more than ever.
Pouring into the lost, confused and broken on social media is something my heart desires more than anything. But what about the ones physically surrounding me? They matter too. I’m leaving them in a few months but I will still have my followers. I’ve learned that I need to take more time than normal to be poured into and to pour out unto others, especially now.
I’ve learned that numbers don’t matter.
I had a thought the other day and asked myself “would I be as consistent on social media with 30 followers rather than 9,000?” and I was genuinely unsure, but then I remembered Jesus was the greatest man to ever walk the earth and He only had 12. Numbers don’t matter as long as your heart is in the right place. God rewards you when your heart is in the right place, not when you reach a certain amount of followers.
I’ve learned that how I treat people matters.
People will always remember how you treat them. My goal is for people to come to me to be uplifted, never discouraged. Kindness matters to the Kingdom. You give your words less credit than needed. They’re powerful. Use them to build others, nothing less. I promise, even strangers will see Jesus flourish from you by the smile you wear.
I’ve learned that if I’m not letting Christ pour in, I have nothing to pour out.
I’ve been ashamedly selfish lately that I’ve put Him on the back burner and made my desires a priority over His. I haven’t let Him pour into me, therefore I have nothing to pour out. Friends, don’t make my mistake. He is always speaking something new. I promise, you’ll see joy like never before when you choose His greatness over fleshly goodness. Your flesh may think something is good, but His greatness and all-knowingness always triumphs our pleasure.
I’ve learned that outreach is more crucial each new day.
Every day is a day closer to Jesus Christ’s return. The closer we get, I believe, the harder it will be to stand firm in faith. This means we’ll lose many brothers and sisters but the ones who remain have on the full armor of God. With that… We need to tell people Jesus loves them. Invite people to church. Pray over people in public. Come to church worshiping, not to worship. Bring the church with us to work on Monday. When people came to Jesus with their needs, His response wasn’t “see you Sunday” but it was to meet people where they’re at. Know what it means to be like Jesus and be it.
So… Although I am officially back on social media, you’ll see much less of me but I promise, what you do see of me will be directly from the mouthpiece of God rather than the mouthpiece of my emotions.
I’m leaving in just a few short months to start the biggest chapter of my entire life. There’s no time for games anymore. There’s no time for lukewarm. There’s no more time for “God, do you want me to move this mountain?” but only time for “mountain move.”
Pray with me as I begin the prologue to my next and biggest chapter.
Love you guys.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. // Psalm 27:4