Tuesday, 26 January 2016

R - Rebooted, Re-set, Ready!


So, my 21 day social media fast lasted 8 days!

The thing is, when I wanted to quit I hung in there a little longer but the motivation to do so had changed.  Instead of it being about putting the Lord first, it had become about proving I could do it.

Instead of making excuses let me tell you what I have learnt and gained from my "8 day social media fast":

  • I have determined that I was spending WAY TOO much time on social media, more than I spend in the word and with the Lord
  • Scrolling down my facebook feed was more by rote and because of boredom and FOMO (fear of missing out) than anything else
  • I was starting to replace God's word with all the many little encouragements available on social media.  That is not to say any one of them is wrong, only that my first source of inspiration should be the Lord and His word
  • Some stuff on there (or some people) bring out the hurt in me (time to let them go)
  • Facebook is a great tool, to be used by me to the glory of God and for encouraging of others
  • I need to as a rule limit my time and interaction on social media and not let it grow out of hand.

Was my time of social media worth it?
Did I learn anything?
Did I achieve anything?
Did the Lord speak to me in all this?

The answer is YES!  

I feel the Lord tell me that I need to find balance in all things.  My initial motivation was to show the Lord that He is first in my life!  I do not need to give up social media to do that.  However, I do need to have self-control, balance and a mind on guard not to be tripped up by the evil one!


1 Peter 5 v 8:   Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times;  for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.

I feel re-booted!  Re-set!  Ready!  to practice balance and temperance in all things.

God bless
Tracy

15 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you my precious friend. I, too, see where God is showing me "balance" and time management when it comes to my social media time. Thank you for encouraging me through this fast and most importantly all your prayers. I shall return February 7th :)
    God bless you big!!
    xoxo

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    1. Hi Stacey, praying the Lord keep revealing His path to you,
      God bless

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  2. I'd say you are a quick learner! You discovered in 8 days what many others never learn! I'm glad you're back and continuing to shine His light!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. HI Joan, lol maybe, or maybe I missed you guys too much
      God bless

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  3. Oh Tracy, I agree with all you said about face Book. I do love to enter early in the AM - leave and return late that PM. Temperate in all things. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. HI Hazel, yes temperate! Not an easy thing to find, balance. But with God all things are possible :)
      God bless

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  4. By the way, I love your new header with the sand on the feet. It makes me smile.

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  5. love this! I have found myself being pulled by our ABBA to do, and still I continue to scroll down FB. It is a great tool to use for His Glory. Only with great determination and discipline!

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    1. Hi Deby, agreed! Its a good thing to take a little break from social media every now and then to remind ourselves that its a tool and not a life-style :)
      God bless

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  6. Hi Tracy! I'm so glad your media fast was a nourishing experience for you. I can relate to the FB trolling. I never thought of it as FMO, more like boredom. Such a waste of time! (Except for your FB page of course!) I think when we have blog FB pages, we do have to be attentive stewards, but not to go overboard.

    Welcome back! I hope you will move forward in strength!
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, ahh thank you, you're so sweet! I have learnt something! I spend way tooooo much time there. But God is gracious and has reminded me to put Him first in all I do.
      God bless

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  7. Seems to me that the enemy of our souls usually tempts us in one of two directions - either *too much* or *not enough*. We go overboard in areas we shouldn't, and neglect areas that we should be attending to. He'll do anything to keep us off-balance.

    I love the lessons you learned. And it makes me even more grateful that I still am not on FB!!

    I believe that following the Lord almost always involves the moderate middle ground. This is the path of the Narrow Way. On the other sides, the way is wide, and many are caught in it.

    You have gained wisdom, my friend. And your words will increase our wisdom as we all ponder the amount of time we spend on our *devices*!!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Ahh thanks Sharon, your words always encourage. I have learnt something, spend less time there, lol!
      God bless

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  8. Hey lady! I've been reading for awhile but haven't commented in a bit. I just wanted to say that I'm thankful for your post about social media! Sometimes I feel all alone in my troubles of social media, so its very encouraging to see that some others can struggle like I did, and see the same good and bad points! I actually deleted *all* of my social media accounts other than google plus, and its been life changing lol! Thank you for sharing!!!

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