Do you keep saying that you spend too much time on your electronic device but don’t know how to stop or what you’ll do instead? In the Bible, God’s model for making changes is to put off the wrong things and put on the right things. Here are some tips to break your connection with social media.
I won’t give you the statistics of how much time is wasted, how many people get in accidents, or the feelings of depression or anxiety caused by people’s addiction to social media. I can’t convince you that you have a problem. If you do have a problem, you already know it. But you won’t find the solution to your social media addiction on social media. So let me offer some wisdom from the Bible about how to change your life and break your connection to electronic devices.
First, here’s a little Bible lesson. Since God is the Creator and Sovereign over all, He gets to make the rules. Not only does He tell us what is good and pleasing to Him, He warns us what is wrong, offers forgiveness for our sins, and tells us the right thing to do instead. See The Gospel, Romans 13:12, Ephesians 4:22-24, and Colossians 3:1-17.
Using this model of putting off the wrong thing and putting on the right thing instead, let’s identify some bad habits with our electronic devices that we should put off. Furthermore, let me offer a few suggestions of Six Better Things You Can Do With Your Time.
- Put off Facebook. If you’re looking for something good to read, read the Bible for wisdom, historical perspective, future promises, intriguing stories, and hope. (Psalm 1, Psalm 119, James 1:5)
- Stop looking at pictures on Instagram and go outside to look at God’s beautiful creation. Make your own memories – camera not required. (Psalm 19)
- Do you have Fear Of Missing Out? The solution is not to get into everything; the solution is to stop being afraid. Put off coveting what other people have; instead, be happy for others when they get something good. (Exodus 20:17, John 3:28-30)
- What can you do for hours instead of watching videos? Learn something new by spending time with others; read a book aloud; paint your room, or better yet, make repairs for someone who needs help; write something, like a short letter or a long novel; gardening (which is a nice way of saying yard work); bake from scratch; take a walk with a friend.
- Stop playing video games alone. Try playing board games with friends and family. The games are not so gruesome, you get to practice working with others, and there’s nothing better than laughing together.
- Reading and listening to news feeds doesn’t change the world; it feeds anxiety. Want to change the world? Pray and serve missionaries. (Matthew 28:19-20, Philippians 4:15-18) Want to change your country? Pray for your leaders and obey the laws of the land. (Romans 13:1-7) Want to impact your community? Cherish your marriage and family, serve your local church, evangelize your neighbors and friends, and care for widows and orphans. (Proverbs 5:18, Psalm 127:3-5, 1 Corinthians 12, Matthew 28:19-20, James 1:27)
If you did a few things on this list, plus got a good night’s sleep, you wouldn’t have much time for your electronic device. That’s OK. You’ll be better off without it.
So what will you do today instead of social media?