“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;” Luke 21:34
I love social media. I really do. It gives this occasionally lonely homeschooling mama a chance to feel like she’s actually among adults for a change. I have certain blogs I keep up with along with certain people I respect and admire. I even keep up with headlines of local and national news, but just enough to stay semi-current.
I have to be very careful though. Between fibromyalgia and a child with Autism I can get depressed easily at times. I try hard to stay upbeat most of the time, and I think I succeed. I have occasional pity parties that I deal with using time limits. Time limits are a wonderful way to deal with the stray negative emotion. I tell myself I’m going to be sad/angry/depressed for x number of hours then I’m going to get over myself. And it works!
One thing I’ve discovered is that my brain works like the old saying of how computers work: Garbage In, Garbage Out. I’m strongly affected by the images, news, memes and other things I see online. So I’m very careful about what and who I like on social media sites. I tend toward pages like Proverbs 31 women, Beth Moore and other online christian authors and bloggers. I steer clear of most news outlets and political pages and other superfluous negative pages. I have even been known to stop following friends who post numerous negative memes, articles and pictures. It’s not personal. I love my friends and would do anything for them. But I guard my heart and mind. I’m very careful with the things I dwell on.
After all, I want the Lord to enjoy what He sees there. What would He think if He looked at your heart right now?