Social media is a great tool.
For keeping in touch with family and friends, being able to see the ongoings of their daily lives and likewise sharing the happenings in your own life.
For following the news, both local and worldwide.
And for being built up and in turn building up others as we share the words that God lays upon our hearts.
Yet, while social media is such a great tool for bringing life and truth to a broken and weary world, it’s also a great tool for doing just the opposite: for bringing pain and death and destruction.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “be careful to guard your hearts, for everything you do flows from it.” As ambassadors of Christ, we need to be so careful to guard our hearts when it comes to our social media use, especially when it comes to the things that we take in. For whether we know it in the moment or not, every picture we scroll past and every word that we read has an impact on the attitude/positioning of our hearts and minds. And as our minds and hearts become filled with sin, that sin will begin to seep out into everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do.
So how do we guard our hearts when it comes to social media?
Honestly, this will vary with each person. But it very well may mean that we need to consider unfollowing or unfriending certain individuals because of the content that they are putting out on social media. Whether it be friends gossiping and hating on other women via Facebook, privately or publicly, or that mom on Instagram who’s put together pictures leave you feeling discouraged and shameful, if someone’s content is unhealthy for us in the place where we are presently at spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and/or physically, it can usually be eliminated with the simple click of a mouse.
We also may find that we simply need to remove ourselves from social media in general for a period of time. It really isn’t the end of the world. We may just find that it does us more good to not be so caught up in what others are doing or saying, freeing up our attention so that we can be silent and wait on God.
Lisa and I definitely don’t have all the answers. Learning how to healthily use social media is something that we both are walking through presently. So of course we more than welcome you to share how you ensure that your hearts are guarded when it comes to social media use! Please, feel free to comment below!