It’s amazing how much has happened these almost 7 months since I’ve been off of social media. Really beautiful things have happened relationally. You see, we can be a lazy and complacent people when it comes to relationships. The ease of a one-line interaction has spoiled us–and cheated us of richer relationships.
I have some friends, who I have totally lost. If I never went back to Facebook or Twitter (and at this point, I have no plans to ever come back…maybe Instagram, just for fun!), I will likely not meet with these friends again. That’s kind of sad. But also? It’s a little freeing, too!
As I get older, I’m finding that relationships worth having are ones where we build together and take time with one another. They are richer and fuller.
I feel like I have settled for “contacts” over real-life relationships. No more!
That is not to say there are not people in my life, whom God sends my way and I have the opportunity to bless them for a short time (or be blessed BY them!) and then we both move along. There are. And that’s part of living a sojourner’s life, isn’t it? We weave in and out of some people’s lives–never to see them again this side of Heaven.
Being off social media, though, has kept me in check. There are many bad mental roads I can walk with these short social media interactions. And they have been rare to not at all these past seven months! It helps my Philippians 4:8 life, too.
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Phil 4:8 (Amplified)
I have found, too, that as my mind thinks, so I am.
So I really have to guard what goes in and what I ponder and how far I let some of those bunny trails go. It’s just not a FOR ME decision.
At the same time, I have had the freedom to spend time every day homeschooling our Sydney. It is SUCH a DELIGHT!! Every morning we begin with devotions, then reading, art, writing and math. After lunch, we dig into science, history, geography and music. It has caused me to put the work I do into certain times, as well. Instead of the work driving the day, I have had to segment it all into workable periods of time.
And because of this, yes even with all the company we have had, I am HAPPIER than ever…Free to walk in the calling God has placed on my life and thrive there.
Here’s one of our Easter pictures! We took a bunch for a picture collage project Jamie has for our wall. 🙂 I will post more, as I have them.