I have been sitting with the idea of noise lately. Not the loud noise of the neighborhood kids all playing basketball at my house. Or even the loud bass from the guy a few streets over who is trying to impress a girl he is digging on. I am talking about the social media noise. And minimizing that noise is specifically what I am sitting with.
The anger and lack of respect for authority in our culture, the racist remarks, the soapboxes, and even the pictures of cats and dogs have made my mind distracted from what is important.
So I am turning it off.
Specifically, I have deleted both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Extreme for some, freeing for others, and I can only share how freeing it has been the last day or so!
It’s not needed. It’s that simple.
In the world where everything is constant and instant, my aim is to be more present with those around me. To discuss things that matter to our hearts. To lean into the hard places and not be distracted by things that aren’t important.
I want to be present with my kids as they grow up, to see them play and laugh, to be there when they need me. To be present.
There is nothing on my phone, then or now, that is more important than my wife, my kids, my friendships and especially my God.
So I am putting it down.
We aren’t meant to be found instantly. We are designed to be in community, to thrive with those around us.
Don’t let your friend count or even your like count fool you into thinking you have meaningful relationships. We weren’t designed that way.
There is a touch of worry, ever so small, but an overwhelming sense of joy that comes with this decision. In the scheme of things, this is one of the least consequential decisions I have made, but the ripples will touch many of those around me. And for that I am grateful.
I am grateful that I can be more present with friends, family and those around me that have the chance to know me.
I am saddened it has taken me this long to get rid of the distraction. But the Lord is moving, and I want to be part of that!
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Thanks for coming alongside me in this journey!
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