Most of us have some form of Social Media that we check several times a day. It may be Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or even Myspace (if this still exists?). We upload our thoughts, cute filtered and unfiltered photos and share with our closest 2000 (or more) “friends” or followers the things happening in our lives at that moment.
Several years ago, I found myself ‘slipping into’ the social media trap. Every evening, I charged my cell phone on the nightstand in our bedroom, so my phone was always within arm’s reach. Everyday as I woke up, I reached for my phone and checked Facebook to see what I missed overnight. A quick browse turned into several minutes and before I knew it, I was completely sidetracked and distracted! Sadly, this distraction caused a delay with my quiet time with the Lord. I was always quick to remind my husband or sons to spend time in prayer or in God’s Word on a weekend morning, before playing video games or watching TV, but I needed to check myself. I knew I should be putting the Lord first, but it took a message from the pulpit to convict me of my actions. It was then when I was determined not to let it happen any longer.
Social Media is entertaining, informative, eye-opening and can be a fascinating addition to our lives. I personally enjoy Social Media, because as a stay-at-home mom, it provides connection and communication with the outside world. When my boys were younger, telephone conversations were very limited, because it never failed, as soon as I got on the phone, it sounded like the Ringling Brothers Circus in my house. Can I get an Amen from anyone?
According to socialmediatoday.com, the average person will spend approximately 116 minutes on social media every day, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime. What an astonishing statistic! As moms, Social Media can easily consume our time and interfere with Bible study/quiet time, family relationships, and household responsibilities. I was guilty of this in the past by allowing Social Media to hinder my actions. (Truthfully, there are still some days I would rather check Facebook than finish loading the dishwasher or sorting laundry.)
What accurately describes a hindrance? It is essentially ANYTHING that … interferes, interrupts, burdens, or deters progress. Does Social Media have this impact in your home?
I would like to share 3 approaches that have helped me guard my home against hindrances.
- Practice discipline: I had to learn to practice discipline. I made a decision to not be distracted by my cell phone on my night stand. Any time I felt distracted, I reminded myself of Matthew 6:33 “But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” This verse reminds me that I need to seek the Lord first before anything else.
- Prioritize your day: After my quiet time, I go to my notepad and write down 5 things I need or want to accomplish that day. This helps keep me on task. In addition, by the end of the week, I have a visual record of 25 accomplished tasks. I chose a notepad over a phone app, so that I can keep it all in one place. Proverbs 12:24 reminds me “The hand of the diligent will rule, but the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor.”
Here is an example of how my notepad looks:
- Protect your time: Set a limit on how much time you will spend on Social Media. This has to be an intentional action, because it can easily consume time that you could dedicate to other important tasks in your home.
As believers and moms, we need to build a home with the least amount of hindrances, including Social Media. I have 2 challenges for you this week. Yes, 2! The first challenge is to write down and keep track of how much time you spend on Social Media each day. Secondly, ask 2-3 other people – your spouse, trusted friend and someone else, if Social Media is a hindrance in your home. Feel free to come back soon and add a comment and tell our readers about your findings.
As I prepared this blog article, I am currently in a study with the women of my church entitled The Home Builders – Embracing the Art of the Home. It has helped me develop and cultivate my home with wisdom, prayer, forgiveness, gratitude and much more.
Roz is a wife, mom, educator, PTA volunteer and mentor. She has nearly 20 years of experience in education, ranging from the pre-school classroom to higher education administration. At age 33, she became a first-time mom and left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom. Her greatest joys involve serving in women’s ministry and children’s ministry at her church. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her college sweetheart/husband, experiencing fun adventures with their 2 energetic boys and working part-time with ARISE2Read in Memphis, TN.