This is day two. Things are already different.
This year as an identity challenge to focus, I deleted all the social media and news apps from my phone. All of them. I wrote about why, here: Identity Rules.
I’ve had a social media time limiter on my computer for a while, but not devices.
This is a game changer.
For the most part, I don’t know the headlines today. I haven’t seen the latest posts or tweets. And today, I’ve only almost picked up my phone to mindlessly swipe about four times. Way better than yesterday.
My goal is to communicate more via social media this year, but be impacted less by the endless clutter and chatter. And in just the second day, I can already tell that less is definitely more.
Jesus talked about simplicity. In Matthew 6, in the context of prayer, he said not to babble on and on thinking more words will get God’s attention. Keep it simple. God knows what you need.
In talking about commitments and promises in Matthew 5, Jesus says let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Complexity beyond that actually comes from the enemy. Think about that. Keep it simple.
Simple truth cuts through the clutter.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with social media. Moderation is the key. Did you know the average American spends 11 hours a day interacting with media? That’s a lot.
Too much of any good thing will quickly become a bad thing.
In Psalm 46:10 we are challenged to be still and know that He is God. That’s the same word Samuel used to warn Saul (1 Samuel 15:16) when he disobeyed God by keeping a bunch of extra stuff captured from the enemy. Be still. Hold on a minute. Do nothing. Be quiet.
In the modern timeline of life, there aren’t many do nothing, be quiet moments.
I want to be able to have more God moments in my day. More family moments. Less, what did you say?
What is something simple you can do to eliminate thought clutter? Start small. Like me, you might notice a big difference!