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So Long, Social 'Me'dia

Spencer Traver

As we approach the ending of one year and the beginning of another, I have decided to make a change in my life. For the next year, I will say, "so long, social media." When the new year rolls around, I will shut down my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram until 2015 rings itself in. Here's why:

1. I'm tired of publicizing me.

As for me, the two main purposes for having these social media accounts is to connect easier with people and to minister to others by publishing and sharing Bible verses, inspiring quotes, and motivational thoughts. At the same time, it is hard not to display what I am up to. Whether through word or through picture, I am not shy to show the world what is happening in my own little world. Even if I have no selfish intent, I steal the spotlight from Jesus. Is it sinful to publish our happenings on social media? No. However, Jesus informs us in the book of Matthew that as a tree is known by its fruit, a man is known by his output. Our output flows from our core, that is our hearts. So, as long as I have breath in my lungs, I will not allow my heart to cling to temporary things. And once I die, I do not want to look down only to hear people talk about me at my funeral. I would much rather hear people talk about my Jesus and His goodness displayed in my life. He is the reason we are all here, isn't He?

By shutting down my social 'me'dia, I will be actively pursuing to make John 3:30 a lifestyle rather than a reminder. Oh, how I pray to take this familiar 'coffee cup' verse and to allow it to strike my soul at its deepest point. 

"He must become greater, I must become less." {John 3:30}

Let us be more concerned with promoting Jesus, our Lord and Savior, rather than promoting ourselves.

2. I'm too easily distracted. 

We should know by now that too much of anything (apart from God) deems itself unhealthy for us. That is the beauty of how God created us. It reveals our deep longing for fulfillment in the form of a God-shaped hole that only a God so powerful and just as our Creator can fill. Let me be clear about something...this whole 'Facebook stalking' needs to stop. Too often, many of us get caught up in the virtual lives of others that we miss reality. What is displayed on Facebook is that user's attempt to look as perfect as possible. We quickly point out that none of us are perfect, but too often forget that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. It amazes me how some people spend hours stalking ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, people they've just met, and people they don't even know online, yet, they spend maybe 30 minutes reading God's Word. Where our heart wanders, our fruits will follow. We must be intentional about where we let our hearts go or more realistic about the lack of fruit in our lives.

Therefore, I refuse to allow my heart to get caught up in the temporary things that will soon pass away. My day looks no different if I miss hours-worth of tweets or artsy posts on Instagram. Currently, I not only read Twitter like it is my morning paper, but I check it out of boredom. It is a habit to grab my phone and start scrolling. Now, it's time to break this habit. I'd rather let God's Word be my morning paper and little outbursts of prayer and praise be what I do when I am bored. Oh, God, how I pray that you would keep my eyes from fleeting, foolish things that steal my heart away.

3. I'm ready to live momentously.

When I started this blog in July of 2012, I titled it Momentous Living. I defined this mantra, "to live momentously" as to live significantly on a moment-by-moment basis. We must take each breath captive and give it back to the Giver of all breath. This life is too short to live for ourselves. Thus, we must live for something (or someone) far greater. This notion is summed up in the Gospels where Matthew the tax collector writes, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness..." How mind-blowing is this verse? We are told by a tax collector to seek what first? Money? No. Pleasure? No. God? YES! Another prime example of this is located in the book of Ecclesiastes where King Solomon, the master of money, pleasure, and wisdom calls all of this life vanity in itself. Solomon is saying that no amount of money (his yearly revenue was roughly 25 tons of gold-2 Chronicles 9:13), wives (he had at least 700), or wisdom (this was God's gift to Solomon) of this world is worth living for. In all of his glory, Solomon knew he lacked something far greater.

I stand with Matthew the tax collector. I stand with King Solomon. I will not allow this life to pass me up. The only way I can make this life count is if I make it wholly about the Giver of all life, that is God Almighty. 

Nevertheless, I have several aspirations for the year 2014.

In the spirit of living momentously, I aspire to complete writing my first book. Though I have written some of it, there remains much to be done still. I want to eliminate all distractions and excuses from this process so that God may bless it mightily. I also seek to become a man of prayer rather than a man who simply prays. In the past, I have struggled with simply not making a big enough deal out of prayer. My hope for 2014 is that it is a year that leaves me on my knees so that the only thing I have left to do is pray.

Lastly, I dream of becoming a passionate worshipper. John Piper, a role model of mine, once said, "The immensity of His worth is reflected in the intensity of our worship." Oh, how I seek to make this a part of my lifestyle. Let this be not displayed only in song, but also in speech and deed. As I worshipped alongside roughly 1,000 TCU students at the final Ignite of the first semester, God placed this on my heart:

True worship can only occur when we praise and glorify God with open hands. When we choose to close our hands, we steal from God what is His. Arms lifted high, hands open, hearts abandoned, I will serve our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that as 2014 rings itself in, you would be able to pray the same prayer that John Piper prayed in his Advent devotional titled, "That You May Believe":

O, how I pray for a breaking forth of the Spirit of God upon me and upon you; for the Holy Spirit to break into my experience in a frightening way, to wake me up to the unimaginable reality of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6, "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."