March 21st, 2023
In this age of information overload, it can be easy to lose sight of what truly matters: our connection to God, our love for one another, and our pursuit of wisdom.
The temptations of social media, news, and public opinion are ever-present in our daily lives. We must be cautious of the impact these distractions can have on our spiritual well-being. While we may be drawn to these platforms for connection and knowledge, we must remember that our true source of guidance and strength comes from God.
Proverbs 4:23 advises us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Let us guard our hearts against the distractions of social media and the news media, which can lead us away from the path of righteousness.
As it is written in Ecclesiastes 1:18, "For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief." We must remember that an endless pursuit of information can distract us from the wisdom and guidance that God provides.
As followers of Christ, we must strive to center our lives on His teachings, rather than on the opinions and beliefs formed by sources other than the Bible. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
To keep our focus on God and His word, I encourage you to take a step back from social media and the news. Instead, dedicate that time to prayer, reflection, and the study of Scripture. By doing so, you will find clarity, peace, and a stronger connection to our Heavenly Father.
James 1:19 reminds us, "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Before we broadcast our opinions to our neighbors with flags and bumper stickers, let us pause and reflect on whether our words align with the teachings of Christ and whether they will bring love and unity to our community.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us not be consumed by the signs and information that surround us. Instead, let us be guided by the wisdom and love of our Heavenly Father. Let us seek peace, promote unity, and love our neighbors as ourselves, just as the Scripture teaches.
In the midst of this ever-changing world, let us remember the importance of humility, gentleness, and patience. Ephesians 4:2 tells us, "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
As we move forward in our lives, let us focus on the teachings of the Lord and the love He has for each and every one of us. May we find solace in His word and strength in our faith, free from the distractions of this world.
May God bless you and keep you. Amen.