Social Media and Seeking Christ (Part 2)

Social Media and Seeking Christ (part 2)

[Here’s my first post on this if you missed it].

Aside from the obvious time that social media takes from your life, and how that may potentially affect your family, there is other fruit that I have been challenged to inspect in my life.

Can I ask you some of these things I have also been asking myself?

  • How do the words and interactions in these outlets produce life and wholeness?  Do they propel you further into knowing Christ more intimately and making Him known?
  • Do you find you are engaging in idle talk, gossip, and wasteful words, even if it is subtle?
  • Does constantly tracking your blog followers, subscriptions and Facebook ‘likes’ distract you away from putting your attentions and affections towards more important things?  Are you seeking self-promotion to increase your sense of worth that should only be found in Christ alone?
  • Do you spend more time in front of the screen than in activities that will draw you closer to Christ, such as reading your bible and praying?
  • Have you filled your Pinterest boards with wants and fantasy that causes a dissatisfaction with what the Lord has given you (ie. how you want to ideally look, ‘dream home’ wish lists, etc).
  • Has engaging in the social media world breed a dissatisfaction and lack of contentment in your heart?
  • What do you spend the majority of the day meditating on?
  • Have you managed relationships on Facebook status updates, and/or put your all your innermost thoughts online, instead of only sharing these with the Lord or within the sacredness of your marriage relationship?
  • Most of all: where do the affections of your heart lie?

By all means, acknowledge if you are trying to fill an unmet need to belong, feel significant, stay connected, keep out of boredom, or something else.  Run into the Lord to meet that need and let him direct you to the people he has placed in your life to add strength and encouragement to you, and for you to do likewise for them also.

I’m not going to say here what I believe the amount of time, or purpose for visiting these places online should be for you.  I can only offer the suggestion that you look to the Lord to fill your heart with a sense of purpose and significance found in Him alone, and encourage you to ask him to reveal any way in you that does not lead you closer to him (Psalm 139:23-24).

For myself, the thought of reducing my internet time to almost nothing sets me in a tail spin:  What if I lose all my readers?  What if I miss out on important updates amongst my circle of friends?  What if removing myself from being in front of my good friends affects my closeness with them?  Will I be lonely/unconnected/isolated?  Fears.  Lots of them.  Perhaps putting a mirror in front of myself is exactly what I need.

The Father is waiting there to meet with me.  And I’m so ready to sit with him in the quiet and distraction-free place and hear what he has to say.  I suspect the fruit from being with him will be eternal, liberating, and life-giving.  I’m desperate to be engaged in things of eternal consequence and live a life extraordinary – and to raise children with this hope and desire also.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

9 thoughts on “Social Media and Seeking Christ (Part 2)

  1. thehomeschoolingdoctor

    Your posts came at a time when I was really praying about this! In the beginning, I just felt led to share my experience, and I didn’t pay any attention to anything else. I didn’t realize all the blogging scene “stuff.” Then, a reader comes to stay and make comments, and then you start thinking about how that reader will view things. And you feel obligated to follow. Then, before you know it, you’re no longer focused anymore! And it starts eating into family time! BAD equation! So, thank you for your post. Prayer: May God watch over both of us and our families. Protect them. Use us as He desires, and let us hear and follow. Blessings to you!

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  2. Fleur

    This is such a precious post and my heart resonates. I love it! It just prompts me to remember that the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary life, is simply how in love with Jesus we are. My tasks may stay the same.. but having Jesus at the centre, is the difference between functioning and living. And when He is centre, all my priorities and time operates around what best brings Him glory. He is worthy of no less than %100 of my all. Love you Vic, thank you for being a true and dear reflection of Jesus and being real to walk the road with. xx

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  3. jimgrafas

    Good thoughts Victoria.. I think FB, blogs etc are good as tools for connection and growth, but we get into trouble when tools become more than that. We all have some propensity to addiction and the online world can certainly become addictive. So encouraged that people like you are leading us into thought around the choices we make and the way we spend our time.. Bless you 🙂

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  4. Mama Goose

    God has led me to read this at just the right time, thank you for this post! I am new to homeschooling and blogging, and am quickly realizing that finding a balance is a struggle. I do not want either one to become an idol, thanks for the reality check!

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  5. mwfinchwren

    Dear Victoria….thank you for sharing your thoughts, desires and heart with us. God has done some wonderful and amazing things in and with this newish blog I’m joyfully writing with my sister (and now my son is on board as a guest blogger…which gives us more fun together :)…but your words come as a beautiful caution. Can even something that the Lord has led us to do take on some wrong uses, motivations, ideas and plans? Most assuredly yes. I so appreciate the time you took to share this, and Sally’s blog as well. I started to look at what my son is doing when I am on the computer…and how much time I am on there. My conclusions? Pursue the greater things…..the love of my Lord, the time and relationship with my precious family. The blog has a place in what God’s doing with our family….but may the Lord enable me to keep it from getting out of order….and to keep the right stuff in the right places!

    Blessings and hugs across the globe!
    :)Wren

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