Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Social Media and Me!

Lately I find I am constantly on the phone, or the ipad or the laptop and once I have done what I need to do, a new post, checking mail, catching up on conversations, I find I STAY on social media WAY TOO LONG!


Recently on facebook there has been a video going around called "Just look up".  This video spoke into my heart and kind of kicked me in the butt because that is me.  Constantly looking down, constantly checking my phone!  When I find nothing there I move to my ipad!  Enough is enough!  Its time to get a little perspective.

Blogging and communicating is a very important part of my life.  I have learnt so much and gained so many precious friends.  But I must not jeopardize my relationships that are face to face either.  My real family and real friends.  (I say REAL because I have learnt there are huge differences between the REAL and the NOT REAL).


I want to be present!  I want to give the person with me all my attention and because of all the bad social media habits I have collected, for example constantly checking my phone, this is going to be a real challenge for me :) .  So, join with me and do a little housekeeping!  Check yourself and your social media habits and just make sure they are not negatively impacting your friends and family.  I will be putting down some internal rules for myself and hope to make sure that although my laptop, phone and ipad are constant companions, my "people" will come first!

God created us to be social but we need to use social media and not let it use us!

Psalm 118 v 24:  This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and  be glad in it!

I chose this scripture because to enjoy each other's company does bring joy and we should enjoy those God places around us.  He places them in our lives for a reason.  I truly appreciate my online friends, believe me, you have been very important in my growth and my relationship with the Lord, but I need to not allow my bad social media habits to negatively affect my relationships of those the Lord has placed in my life.

God bless friends
Tracy


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10 comments:

  1. Good stuff, Tracy. I know I need to do a better job of staying away from social media and focus on the people who are right in front of me. I need to look up more often. Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Don't most of us need that reminder, Tracy! I know I do. I want to find the right balance with social media; it's not always easy.

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  3. Dear Tracy, God is warning us, I do believe I have just had a peak of what an addiction might look like... It does grieve me so!
    But, if we will be quick and show some self discipline we can do both, it's just not having any balance and God is not on top or as you said the REAL people!
    Thanks for a lovely Link Up party!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  4. Tracy, that video really hit me too. Trying to be more aware of my addiction to screens and LOOK UP! God had been speaking to me before even watching the video and that video really confirmed it. I've been committing to turning the computer off by 5pm each night and putting the phone away and just being with the family. It's been so wonderful. We are playing games and snuggling and I love it!

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  5. Amen, sister! It can be a habit without even realizing it. I'm trying to make a more concerted effort to stay off my phone and engage those around me. The introvert in me likes the distraction though :)

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  6. Not evilly
    your family
    takes up your time,
    made up to prime.

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  7. I love your tender heart and agree, there is a balance we need to have. Some are more prone to the tendency to block others out...it takes wisdom and discernment to walk circumspectfully in our day, my friend. It was a well done video and the words were amazing! Hugs, Tracy!

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  8. I saw that video too, very well done and so true. I am thinking of setting a specific time for blogging/FB/stuff... to protect myself :)

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  9. I can so relate to you. It is a good reminder .
    thanks Tracy!

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