I’ve got Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, WordPress, Tumblr, and a constant flow of text messages. With social media, I can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, all the time. Sound familiar?
I’m disturbed by our plugged-in culture. Sometimes, I feel as if we’re living in two worlds: one we can touch, see, taste, and feel and another that exists in a spiritual dimension. Would the world stop turning if we didn’t see constant updates of a friend’s dinner plate? Do we need to vent whenever the line at Starbucks is ten minutes long? Social media is alarming because it pulls us out of the community that God created us to be in. It draws us into vanity, envy, our own little worlds; and it makes hearing God’s voice more difficult.
I vowed to make a change. Drawing away from the distraction of social media has helped me to draw closer to God. After all, when Jesus said, “Follow me,” he didn’t mean on Twitter.
—Katy Steele. 22
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
John 12:26a (NRSV)
THINK ABOUT IT: Technology makes it easy to become distracted, to care too much about the things of the world and not enough about Christ and his kingdom. Every now and then, power down everything and sit in silence. Spend some time with Jesus and remember the sound of his voice.
—Sierra Klotz, 18
—from devozine (July/August 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.