Muddled Thinking Leads to Muddled Living: How Is Social Media Affecting You?
I once heard a pastor say, “In the end, all of our time on social media will be evidence that indeed, we did have time to pray.”
The online world is entertaining and informative. It pulls us in and before we know it a lot of time has been lost. During that time — it persuades us, molds us and subtly changes us.
Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been tempting mankind to search for wisdom and happiness in all the wrong places. The on-line world is a cheap substitute for God’s word and God has not called his children to seek out information or seek to be entertained – instead he has called us to seek him!
Join me on this video as we take a closer look at Isaiah 36-38 and discuss how muddled thinking leads to muddled living and how social media might be affecting you.
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As I said in the video – King Hezekiah was rewarded for seeking God and his reward was time. God gave him 15 more years of life!
Do you wish you had more time? One of my favorite books is written by Elisabeth Elliot and it is titled: Discipline – The Glad Surrender. In it she writes:
Time management, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into peaceful order if this is omitted.
Time management begins with our time spent with God because how will we know how to spend our time if we are not communicating with God and asking him to show us?
So many times I find myself stressed out and too busy and then I realize that I have put more on my plate than God wants on my plate. Then I have to do the hard work of removing things from my plate.
Elisabeth Elliot says:
There is always enough time to do the will of God.
Do you know what the will of God is for you?
Self reflect for a moment…
How is social media affecting you?
Remember, muddled thinking leads to muddled living.
Let’s not be so quick to seek pleasure and comfort from the online world and instead seek God first.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
We only have one life. Don’t waste it.
Keep walking with the King,
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Oh Courtney how I needed to hear this today. I don’t even have social media. I quit the habit long ago LOL but there are so many things online that draw my time away and not just online things but other less important things. This has been the cry of my heart to make time for God. I took my daughter to the coffee shop yesterday and as I tucked my phone away and just looked around me and observed I was struck at how many people were on their phones, on their computer. Undoubtedly they were probably studying because most of them were college students from a local college that was near by but I just kept my phone tucked away and sat there. This lady sat across from me on a couch and said you look board can I give you some company. I said sure! She jumped right in to all these worries she had on her heart for her marriage and her son. Granted this lady did not know me but she just needed the conversation. More than that the Lord told me she needed to hear from Him from His bride to speak life back into her to remind her that Her One True Love has not left her or forsaken her or her son that happened to join the conversation who was broken and struggling which was why she was there to pick him up and bring him back home for the Summer. This young man oh his heart was broken because his love had left him. So we talked I encouraged them with the words The Lord had laid on my heart as my 13 year old sat and overheard and listened. Then the young lady asked me to pray for them before we left. I did and as we sat in that coffee shop and immediately tears just started flowing as they often do because I was humbled that the Lord had used me to minister to this hurting family I was overwhelmed by His love for me and them! Who am I that the Lord loves me and uses me when my family is so broken and hurting and so many people have told me I’m not worthy of His grace yet here I am praying grace and blessings over this family. I wondered when we left… had I had my phone out or busy on my computer (as I often am) would she have struck up that conversation with me? That moment was just as much for me and my daughter as it was for that mom and son. That was my sign or the confirmation I needed that God does indeed WANT me. That no matter what has happened in my family and our life, no matter how broken He still wants to use me and He can use me if I make myself available. Then your email this morning! Thank you for your faithfulness Courtney. I have followed your blog since 2012 and I have (behind the scenes) followed your journey and cried with you, rejoiced with you and see how God continues to use you to lift eyes and hearts to Him. It has been so encouraging to me and my walk so many times. Keep walking with the King !
Your sister in Christ,
This was a great word and something I needed to hear. I have spent way too much time following news and also on social media. So much so that it has made me feel discouraged.
Yes!! Same here Anna! Courtney’s message really spoke to me…which was God speaking through her to us! I am going to actively work on eliminating things in my life so that I can have more time for God. “Muddled thinking lives to muddled living”——SO TRUE!!
So needed to hear this and need to get back in my reading habit too. Thank you!
I needed this. It breaks my heart that no one talks anymore. They text. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I want to hear the voices that I love. I need conversation, and not that done on technology. I’m going to make a concerted effort to only use my phone for calls. If I don’t answer, leave a message, I’ll call you back.
This Bible study has blessed me in so many ways, including this latest video. Thank you, Courtney, for all your hard work and continuing to fight against the flesh so that you could teach us the depths of God’s word!💕 📖
This message was such a blessing–thank you!