This morning as I was trying to get motivated to get off the couch and be productive, I had the thought, “How much time do I spend on social media?”
I don’t have Facebook and although I have Instagram, the app isn’t loaded on my phone. I do, however, have the Pinterest app on my phone, and that is my time sucker!
Usually my excuses go like this: I’m pinning stuff I will cook one day, wear one day, build one day, or teach my kids one day… the truth is I am a little addicted. I like finding beautiful words that resonate with me, seeing places and people that make me think of life outside my little American dream box, and I really like looking at food, especially sugary delightful creations.
However, as I sat on my couch perusing Pinterest mindlessly, I felt the Holy Spirit begin to work on me. I felt the conviction starting to turn my stomach and weigh on my heart. I realized I would rather pin a picture that says something about who I think I am, instead of digging into the Word and hearing what God says about me.
Here I’ve been crying out to God for Him to show me who I am in Him and to really solidify my identity in Christ, but I wasn’t even willing to put in the time or effort.
I prayed and asked God to forgive me, and then I deleted the Pinterest app off my phone. Let’s be honest, if I really need a recipe I can look on my computer. I have to admit that after I hit the small x and all the tiny apps stopped dancing, I felt this tremendous peace come over me. Right then I made a decision to be intentional, to seek God faithfully, intentionally, and passionately, because his word says in Jeremiah 29:13 that when I search for him in scripture or in prayer He will always find me.
He is the faithful one. He is always waiting, but often I simply need to take a step toward Him. In that one small act of faith I am saying I desire a relationship with Him, and I want communion with my Father in an authentic and life-changing way.
I closed my prayer journal and I asked Him to speak to me. I have learned that when something pops in my head during prayer time that doesn’t make sense or I wouldn’t normally think about, it’s usually God.
I was sitting there praising Him, and He said, “Satan likes to distract this generation.”
Whether your distraction is social media (that’s mine) or one of the million other things readily available, I have found whatever is keeping me “too busy” to make time for God is a distraction. And if satan can keep us distracted just enough to lose the value of a relationship with our Heavenly Father, than he has done his job.
Every area of our life takes effort and time. Marriage, raising kids, career, friendships, they all require intentional and often sacrificial time.
It is also true that where we put our effort shows, or maybe even more so where we lack in effort. God knows this and it is because of His great love for us that He desires to be our top priority. He created laughter for a reason and loves when we enjoy the life He gave us. However, too often we get distracted by the cares of this world and forget where and who our strength comes from.
I have found my time with Him is where I am renewed, where He teaches me about His character and the plans He has for me. It’s where I become more like Him and less like myself.
Communion with my Creator is where I mature, where I am refined through fire, where I receive His transforming power and manifest His glory to those around me. Time spent with God is not just so the future seems less scary or to better my Christian walk. The purpose is to meet with God, to focus on Him and be filled up with His character.
It is in His presence that we can truly love His people and be a light for those in darkness. My prayer is that we will be a generation that is intentional in our walk with Christ, but also with our family and friends.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
I want to be part of a generation so caught up in the heavenly realm, that the trials we face in this life pale in comparison to the glory we see daily in the throne room of grace. A generation that will ask, “What is eternal in my life? Am I pursuing things that have eternal value? Will this matter in 1, 5, or 50 years?”
The gospel of Mark states in chapter 8:35-36, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world and yet forfeit their soul?” That tends to put things in perspective.
If something is causing a distraction, causing one area of your life to be less peaceful, then remove it. Schedule time every day to get in the Word. Ask God questions about your life. Perhaps you’re anxious or broken-hearted or desire to be in a different season that seems more rewarding, one that your friends have already entered.
Be still, God has you exactly where you are for a purpose. Dare to lay your questions at his feet, search for answers in the Word, seek to find God, and He will give you rest for your soul.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
About the Author:
“I am daily overwhelmed by the grace and goodness of God, wife to JJ who has taught me how to love and be loved, a full time Registered Nurse, and mommy to our 4 legged fur baby, Duke.”