I recently removed all social media apps from my phone. Maybe not forever, but at least for now. And here’s why:
God’s View of Time
The Bible reveals God’s view of time from the perspectives of both the arc of redemptive history and the span of our lives. God revealed His redemptive plan progressively and intentionally. Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son.” So the Father was intentional about when He sent the Son. It could have been Genesis 3, immediately after the fall. It could have been in Genesis 4, or any point along the way. But it wasn’t. It was “when the fullness of time had come.” Time matters.
What’s more, Ephesians 5 commands us to “be imitators of God, as beloved children,” and to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Part of imitating of God is viewing time as God views time and using time as God uses time. Time is a gift, time is limited, and time matters.
A few months ago, at the monthly Houston Church Planting Network lunch, God engaged me through one speaker in particular. “The first thing I would say to a church planter,” he said, “Is don’t miss the look-at-me-daddy moments.” My wife and I have discussed this issue in the past. It’s something I struggle with. But by God’s grace working through this man, I was truly convicted.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but it’s not uncommon for one of my children to be screaming “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” as social media (usually Twitter, sometimes Facebook) commands my time and attention. So in this brief season wherein the Lord has blessed me with three small children, I have missed too many “look-at-me-daddy moments.” I don’t want to miss any more.
Now, I miss moments with my kids for other reasons, and the real issue is not social media or which device I choose. The real issue in my life is a spiritual one; it’s a heart issue. The heart issue is that I struggle being present where I am. A lack of contentment in Christ has led to a lack of contentment in life, and a lack of contentment in life makes living a present life that much harder. Minimizing the accessibility of social media is one step I’m taking to discipline presence into my life and build walls to help guard from distraction.
Living a Present Life
So, is this blog an encouragement to take social media off your phone? Maybe. But not necessarily. You might need similar walls for similar reasons. You might find the illusionary community of social media an easy escape. If you do, consider building walls by restricting access points. But this particular escape might not be an issue for you. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to build the necessary walls in order to enjoy the richness of a “present” life. Regardless of your profession or stage of life, we are all called to faithfulness today, and faithfulness requires presence.
There are moments along the way you don’t get back; don’t miss them. Don’t miss your "look-at-me-daddy moments.” Let’s be intentional with how we live today because time is a gift, time is limited, and time matters.