The Beauty of Boundaries Day 4 – Boundaries in Social Media
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1, ESV)
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, ESV)
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2, ESV)
Do you ever have one of those days in which you honestly don’t feel motivated to do anything? Maybe you’ve had a stressful week at work or school, or it’s rainy and gloomy outside, and the last thing you want to do is get off the couch or out of your bed. You grab your phone and tell yourself it’ll only be a few minutes of scrolling on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Suddenly, those “few minutes” you had promised turned into much longer. You realize you have spent many minutes, and maybe even hours, scrolling and scrolling through the endless content at your fingertips.
If you’ve been there (be honest with yourself), then I want to challenge you to create boundaries in how you interact with social media. It can be a wonderful tool to stay in touch with friends and family, encourage one another, learn new things, along with other benefits, but it is something we need to approach with pre-determined boundaries.
First, I want to discuss the boundary we must establish in relation to our time. In Proverbs 27, we read, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” This verse reminds us that we don’t have much time to begin with. We may think that because we are younger we are guaranteed decades of time. We are under the impression that we will go to school, get a job, get married and settle down, have kids, and live a long life. I understand that we all might not have those goals, but I’m making the point that we all live with the mindset that we have an abundance of time. But in reality, we don’t. Not a single person on this earth knows when their time will run out. It might seem morbid to say it, but they do make caskets in all sizes.
Instead of spending our time wrapped up in social media and scrolling for hours, let’s instead use the time to do good. Let’s spend our time worshipping the Lord, serving Him, and serving those around us. I am in no way saying that I think social media should be totally banned—I use it myself—but I am warning against the excess use of it. Our phones make it really simple to know exactly how much time we are spending on each app by tracking it for us. I encourage you to pay attention to those numbers to see where you stand, and then evaluate how much of it is profitable or not. May we spend more time doing things that bring glory to God rather than indulging in things that are temporary and fleeting.
Another boundary we must consider in regards to social media is how we view our identity, perhaps having the false notion that it is somehow linked to how popular we are on media platforms. Does the number of likes, comments, or birthday wishes determine your worth as a human being? In 1 John 3, we read that, as Christians, we are “God’s children.” No other identity on earth could be more valuable than that. Our worth has nothing to do with our popularity or how we present ourselves to other people on social media, but it has everything to do with what Christ has already done on the cross to wash away our sin. May we not get wrapped up in what we portray on social media and how other people react to that. What should matter the most is that God has called us His children, and our lives should be focused on pleasing Him.
There are many other boundaries when it comes to social media, but may we remember to keep our mind focused on Christ rather than on the “things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). Living lives that bring glory and honor to Him will far outweigh the value of any time we spend on social media or any popularity we may enjoy. He is far better than anything we have here on earth! May we daily remind ourselves to always focus on Him.