Find Some Balance

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light”
Matthew 6:22
When you read the title, did you know what I meant right away? Mmmmh I don’t think so but I’ll be jotting down about finding balance with your SOCIAL MEDIA Accounts. Social media isn’t going away anytime soon, but I believe there can be a balance. Balance on how we use this latest technology which if not used correctly, it is becoming addictive to countless people world wide.
When our social media use is not balanced, it affects our overall life. As we scroll more we can see things which will open up doors which are not meant to opened that can led to lust, covetousness, unnecessary competition, comparison and even depression. With time, we realize how unproductive our time has become and end up struggling with issues we never had before or comparing ourselves to others and find ourselves in a negative, critical place in our mind and soul.
When we start to question ourselves, our value, our identities and our happiness due to someone else’s way of lifestyle, progress in career, relational status, or financial gain …that is unhealthy. This deception can even cause us to doubt who we are in Christ. We begin to believe that our identity is less than what God has created us to be. But God calls us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and that is what can keep our eyes focused on the right things.
I’ll be honest ,when I notice my mind is wandering to a place of judgment and a critical spirit is rising up, I have to learn to put the phone down and I mean literally Putting it down. Laying down the phone in that moment of self-awareness makes all the difference. We MUST give careful thought to what we let our eyes see. One of my principles when it comes to social media, I only follow people whose posts encourage me to grow.

What someone posts on social media should not change how you view yourself but in all sincerity, who you follow on social media should encourage you to grow. 😊

When I allow my eyes to see the social media feeds of others and I don’t covet what they have, I know my eyes are healthy. So how do we get to a place of healthy eyes and less scrolling? My challenge for this is the same for most things. We go to Jesus and ask Him to remove the scales from our eyes, inorder  to view things from His perspective just as it was in the case of Saul’s total transformation in Acts 9:18-  Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.
What we do in secret will automatically affect our public lives-Luke 12:2-3 The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
If you know very well you don’t have balance when it comes to how you access your social media, I bet its high time you intentionally take a SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX. Delete the apps from your phone for some time and reevaluate yourself on how to discipline self on how you will access Social media. With time you will soon recognize how much more time you have for your day to do other meaningful things which will make you more productive. Try it out for a day, a week, and or maybe a month! And when we are ready to re-download it, we can come back to the app with intentionality. I want to encourage you to start by setting a time limit on your smartphone to control excess minutes on your device and from there, get to work!
You can leverage social media to inspire you and help you stay connected to the people, ministries, and organizations you care about. It is from there that you can become more creative and effective with your time. Big or small, be proud of what comes from your efforts to cut down the unproductive time on your phone. Whether your outcome is that the dishes are clean or that you are much closer to finishing writing your journal, or having your own Bible study and slowly yet meticulously you have learned to stop the scrolling.

Parting shot-Are you encouraged and inspired by the people you are following or are you leaving depressed, proud or with lust in your heart? Something to ponder on during this holiday season as we usher in 2021.

Love ReinaBeaty.

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