I’ve been feeling for awhile that social media has been my form of religion. Not that it’s a bad thing to be social and keep in touch with people. BUT…when it becomes louder than the voice of God, when it becomes a thing that I cling to every morning and day instead of Him, that can become an idol.
It sounds silly but it’s true. I pay attention to my habits that keep forming and one thing is this. Instead of spending time with God to start my day, the first thing I do is check my phone. Check my Facebook. Check my email. When I need to check my spirit. Need to check what’s happening inside. I pray on the way to work. But…I want to get to the point where He is the first thing I think of. That I can’t live without His word. That I can gaze at His creation and see His glory.
So I decided to try to eliminate this dependency on the comments, likes and statuses of others. It doesn’t measure who I am. It doesn’t give me esteem. Well..if it does, it doesn’t last long until I get that next one. I need to get back to Jesus, pure and simple. Where praise worship becomes part of my day instead of whatever I have shuffled on my playlist. Where His voice is loudest. Drowning out the opinions of myself and others. Where I cling to Him like a clinging vine. Where His voice gives me life.
At times I feel like I get and give Him very little and expect much. In every relationship, it takes work. It takes work to get to the place of intimacy. I want to be closer to my Heavenly Father. It says in His Word, “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. -Psalm 25:14
I want to know His secrets. I want to know His plans for my life and His future plans to be established in this world we live in. I want to know the key to opening His heart. I have always had a special relationship with Him. But lately, it’s been sort of on/off. Especially on my end. My friend gave me encouragement in my condemnation and said..whether it’s a good relationship or bad relationship, it is still a relationship. This is true.
Sometimes I get caught up in religion mentality, very performance based. And then I condemn myself for not measuring up to the religiousness. God doesn’t condemn me. He loves me. Take it from me. Religion can mess up your relationship with God. I don’t need to be be condemned. But to be aware. To make Him the first part of my day should come naturally to me. But it doesn’t. Too many distractions. Too much tv. Too much Pinterest(guilty). Too much Instagram. Way too much Facebook. Anything in excess is not a good thing. Whether it be tv, social media and music that doesn’t feed my spirit.
Anyways, I’m going to try to change my priorities here and there. Make some changes. Change is healthy. It is a part of growing.
If you are struggling to hear His voice because the distractions of the world drown it out, make it simple. Get back to Jesus. Don’t make technology your idol. Make Jesus your God.