Sep 10

A Social Media Challenge

2012 at 8:49 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

Last week we tweeted a social media question: Has our appetite to know about people eclipsed our appetite to know about God?

Here’s one way to tell: if you had to do without one or the other—God’s Word or social media—for two weeks, which would be harder to give up?

If your desire to commune with God is weak and waning, and your desire to stay in touch with others on social media has morphed into a “need,” there may be a connection between the two.

So, we’d like to issue a social media challenge, beginning today. Less for More.

Less time on Twitter, more time in Scripture. Less time on Facebook, more time in God’s Book. Less time on Pinterest, more time in the Bible. Less time stalking people, more time seeking God.

For the next two weeks we challenge you (and ourselves) to:

  1. Read a portion from God’s Word every day. (Here are some great Bible reading plans if you don’t have one already.)
  2. Read 5 pages of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God every day.
  3. Spend less time on social media in order to make more time for #1 and #2.

It’s up to you to determine the scope of #3. Maybe you need to fast from social media for the entire two weeks. Maybe you resolve to complete #1 and #2 each day before you go online. Or, maybe you need to evaluate when you waste the most time on social media (evening? morning? bus or train ride? children’s naps?) and read the Bible and Knowing God during that time instead.

And consider asking someone to keep you accountable. We’ll keep you posted on our progress (ironically!) via Twitter and Facebook. But we’d rather you complete the challenge than check in with us.

Think of this as a desire realignment. For if you spend more time seeking God in the Scriptures and less time perusing people’s feeds and walls, your heart posture will change. And your vision will change too: you’ll see more clearly how magnificent God is and forever will be, and, by comparison, just how meaningless social media is. As the song goes:

“Turn your eyes upon

Jesus Look full in his wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.”