Could I delete my apps and walk away for at least 30 days?
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This is the question of all questions. Could you commit to thirty days without social media? It would mean logging out, deleting apps if it is too tempting. But it would mean choosing to walk away from the noise and the idol of social media in your life.
That is exactly what I did when I saw what it was doing to me. It was crippling my mind and crushing my heart. The words online were becoming more important than the words of God. I reached for my phone before I reached for the Word. I was exchanging the voice of God for toxic voices on the internet.
We can try and deny it, but if we think long and hard about it, we will see that social media is killing us slowly. Maybe not our physical bodies, but it is killing our minds.
Studies show what you put into your mind matters, what you think about, what you look at, all of it affects how your brain processes information. It can make or break your mental health. This year, coronavirus, social unrest, and even our own personal troubles have pushed many of us to our limits. Now more than ever, we must be aware of the information we are consuming.
Scripture tells us what we are to think of. What we are to consume and look at. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
I don’t miss it all these weeks later. Turning off my social media was the best choice I have made. I don’t know if or when I will turn it on again. It’s not worth it.
It’s time to ask ourselves the hard questions about the effect of social media in our lives. What is it doing to our minds and hearts? Is it an idol overtaking our relationship with God? Is it time to walk away?
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