Today is the first day without Facebook. Now, you have to understand something, for four + years, I kept up with everyone, had over 1000 friends, posted my scriptures and encouragements with those cute little pictures and interacted on there several times daily. Yes, I must confess, I’d even sneak on there while trying to get work done and check up to see what everyone is doing. Hey! I was digitally fellowshipping! (or was I?)
Today is the first day without the news media streaming through my email box. Streaming breaking news about what riot or looting was going on when, who is killing or sexually molesting who, how the government is destroying America and on and on and on. Blah blah blah. I would sit there and read it and feel depressed and feeling there was no hope!
Today was the first day I changed my home page to something other than a mainstream website that constantly had bad news. I changed it to http://www.lightfortheday.com I logged on this morning and was met by a beautiful picture and scripture of which I would memorize throughout the day.
You know what, I’ve had the most peaceful day I’ve had in YEARS! You know why? Because today, I didn’t allow this world’s noise didn’t drown out His precious “still small voice”. I feel like I plugged a huge hole in my life that allowed unnecessary negative things to gush into my heart and home, causing frustration, bitterness, and anger.
My prayer is that God would take those callouses away from my heart and remove any bitterness so I can love like He loves. Facebook and the media was clouding that in a greater measure than I ever realized….. all I saw was the negative that fed into my frustrations. Please keep in mind, these were ALL coming from well-meaning Christian friends’ feeds. No, I’m not sticking my head in the sand, I’m shutting the door to all the unnecessary noise and learning to listen to Him so I can love like Him again.
In my humble opinion, I don’t think God created us to shoulder all of this negative information. It’s EVERYWHERE we turn. TV, Internet, Social Media, Ads, Newspapers, etc. So, if you find yourself very frustrated and not even realizing it (like me!), shut the door to the unnecessary clutter of noise and you’ll hear His precious, still small voice again. You’ll also gain a tremendous amount of peace in doing so. Trust me! :)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
~ Melissa Champlion