We live at an amazing point in history. Technology has put a wealth of information at our finger tips and connected us in ways that were unimaginable a generation ago. This gift, however, is not without it’s liabilities. The constant onslaught of content consumed and produced can swallow you if you’re not careful.
I’ve been feeling this lately and have decided to take an indefinite break, specifically from social media for three reasons…
1. I spend too much time on it.
I find myself defaulting to time on Twitter and Facebook with almost every free moment. In addition, trying to create content to blog and tweet about has started consuming far more mindshare than I have the capacity to spare.
2. I struggle to focus.
I’ve noticed that reading books has become more difficult lately. Consuming content in 140 characters has made it difficult for me to digest a higher quantity of substantive content. While Twitter, Facebook, and blogs contain content of value, it pales in comparison to the value present in the stack of books I have waiting to be read.
3. I need to recalibrate my heart.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” The Holy Spirit has been gently and graciously convicting me of a failure to keep, guard and protect my heart as of late. I’ve been undisciplined in my own devotions and spent more time on sermon prep than I have on the stewardship of my own soul.
I need a season of increased space as I recalibrate my heart. One of the ways I can create this space is taking an indefinite break from social media - no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or blogging. It may be a couple of weeks, a couple of months… I’m not entirely certain. I know I need a break and that the Holy Spirit has been pressing me to make this decision for a while.
I’m thankful for everyone who reads my blog and for all those who produce high quality content on social media. It’s a surprisingly difficult decision to unplug, which serves as further proof of my need to do so. I’d appreciate your prayers and look forward connecting again soon.