Yep, I have jumped back onto the Social Media bandwagon. I was away from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for almost 3 months. Originally I wanted to stay away for about 6 months, but without going into too many details, that didn’t happen.
Being away from social media has been a very interesting ordeal. There were definitely times that I felt “out of the loop.” For the most part, it wasn’t that much different living without the twitter/facebook feeds. Living without actually caused me to read and/or listen to more beneficial media.
Over the past week or so I have been working my way back into the virtual world. It has been interesting to see how quickly I can become annoyed with what people are so consumed and pre-occupied with. Here are my initial findings from taking a break from Social Media and what I discovered along this little journey:
– I took WAY less photos on my phone. When I did, it was to share them with my wife or friends via messaging services.
– I was constantly asked if I saw what so-and-so posted on Facebook. Which the answer was no, so then I felt somewhat out of the loop and out of touch.
– After the first couple of days finding myself naturally going to my apps that were not on my phone, I resorted to checking sports scores and reading the Bible much more often than before.
I hope that as I stick my toe in the social waters I can be more intentional with my offerings. Instead of posting photos of random food, coffee (I’ll try but I’m not making any promises), or other randomness, I hope to post things that help people.
What do I mean by help people? Well, when I read posts from pastors I follow, fellow worship leaders, etc, I get inspired. Inspired to be a better follower of Jesus, a better husband, and a better leader in general. That is what I hope to accomplish. Sure, I may fail miserably, but at the end of the day I am not sure Jesus is going to ask me when I finally see Him in glory, “well, I would let you spend eternity with me, but that photo on your Instagram of your new coffee was just too much.”
So that being said, prepare yourself for my failure. But again, I am going to TRY and be more intentional about my posts.
I would definitely encourage everyone to take a season away from Social Media every now and then. It will be somewhat hard at first, but before you know it, you are not even concerned with what Bob ate for dinner any longer.