Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US. It’s a day that many of us gather together with family to give thanks and eat and enjoy each other’s company. I started the day at my sister’s house where I didn’t overindulge since I knew I’d be heading down to my in-laws’ house for a second meal. I must have eaten something that disagreed with me because I felt like death warmed over. I’ll spare you the details but suffice it to say that I was ill. Very ill.
In the midst of all of this I prayed. A lot. Like a whole lot. And during my prayers I once again became convicted of something that I read in Psalm 119 last year. The psalmist said, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (Ps 119:37). When I read this last year it prompted me to get off* of Facebook. I wasn’t on there much but any time I spent on the app was an exercise in looking at worthless things.
Then in January of this year I took a hiatus from Instagram. I realized that I was spending way too much time scrolling through pictures in a mindless daze. After several months I decided to give Instagram another shot. I wasn’t on there nearly as much as I had been but as I was praying yesterday I became convicted that even the time I spend on there scrolling nowadays is too much. So I once again got off*. I don’t know if I’ll be back but I suspect that I won’t be.
Paul told the Ephesians to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph 5:15-16 KJV). I won’t speak for anyone other than myself but I know that for me personally, looking at social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram is neither wise nor a means of redeeming (“making the best use of” [ESV]) the time. Twitter is another animal altogether. I actually sharpen my mind on Twitter through discussions, debates, and mere observation, but that’s another post.
So even though I spent Thanksgiving feeling ill I’m thankful for the Lord using that as a way to once again convict me and get me back on track. As we approach the end of the year I’d like to make better use of my time and devote myself to looking at things that are worthwhile, like Scripture or the myriad books I own to help me understand Scripture better. I don’t want to wait until the new year to make this resolution.