How much time do you spend on social media? Do you think you might be addicted to it? Are you worried about social media and time wasting? Does the time you spend on your computer, phone or tablet help you in your Christian journey or not?
Make the Most of Time
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul writes:
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16 NRSVA)
Social Media and Time Wasting
How can I make the most of my time? Does social media and other technology have the potential to prevent me from doing so? Should I be worried about social media and time wasting? I use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I have a couple of go-to games on my iPad. I know that I can waste time using these. I’m currently on the iOS 12 public beta, which I signed up to simply because it gives me the benefit of Apple’s new Screen Time initiative, which allows me to set time limits on things like games and social media. This helps a lot, although I am shocked by the number of times I often override the limit.
The Enslaving Nature of Social Media
The Salvation Army’s soldier’s covenant says:
I will abstain from alcoholic drink, tobacco, the non-medical use of addictive drugs, gambling, pornography, the occult and all else that could enslave the body or spirit. (My emphasis).
Bearing in mind it’s addictive nature, which we are only just beginning to wake up to, I wonder if we should list social media under “all else”?
Prioritising the Essential
At the very least, we need to be mindful of how we are using our time. I should be monitoring the relationship between social media and time wasting. In every activity we need to be challenging ourselves: Is this the best use of my time? Is this the best use of my life? How does what I am doing affect my relationship with God? We all have 24 hours in every day, and we need to protect that time for the essentials and spend less time on the trivial.
Don’t waste your life on social media, or anything else. Make the most of your time. God made you for a mission and a purpose, so focus on that instead. Prioritise what is important and minimise the rest. Go forward and aim higher today!
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