Disconnnected? Try Reconnected.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
     Greetings, readers! I have been a terrible blogger lately because, as y’all know, I have been so incredibly busy. If you have read my last post, you know that I decided to get “disconnected” from social media for the month of May. Here’s an update on that: It’s not working.

I thought I would all of a sudden become motivated when I was not focused on how many likes/favorites/repins I got on social media platforms; I thought I would become focused on schoolwork, my routine, and even just the need to do well. I thought that as soon as I turned off my phone I would suddenly be living with a higher standard than the rest of the world.

Two things I have learned from my misconceptions are this: simply trying to eliminate an “idol” does not mean you’ll stop caring about it, and you can still enjoy the pleasures of life without putting them above the Giver of life.

I tried to eliminate my motivation from social media by removing access to it. Instead of feeling more connected to God, though, I felt farther away. Now I know that I cannot reduce the size and importance of earthly pleasures without first magnifying the size and importance of my Creator. So instead of removing access to social media, I should have further pursued God. By pursuing God further, He puts everything else where it needs to be; so, putting God first will result in putting social media on the back burner and putting schoolwork and the need to do well where they are supposed to be.
God has blessed me with such an awesome life. I don’t deserve anything that I’ve been given; I have received “grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Yesterday, I got to meet my favorite Clemson baseball player (more to come on that later). On Thursday, I hung out with my friends for half a school day instead of attending classes. (I still can’t believe my mother let me do that.)I have enough happy memories to fill up a gazillion scrapbooks.  Above all else, I’ve been placed in a town where a whole lot of people love God. There are also the little things that can be considered “earthly” pleasures, but we as Christians are still able to enjoy. I think y’all know what I’m talking about, and y’all probably also know that there are circles of people with certain beliefs that bash those so-called “earthly” pleasures. (I’m not trying to bash anyone, and I do know that there are certain pleasures and practices of humans that areevil and shouldn’t be practiced.) All I’m saying is this: if we enjoy those pleasures with a heavenly mindset, they don’t have to be all bad, and they don’t have to separate us from God. When we put God first, in fact, enjoying the gifts of life does bring us closer to God.

So, like I said in the last post, I am going to thoroughly live, but I do not have to disconnect myself from everything earthly to do that. I will pursue my Creator with a sincere heart, and I know that if I truly seek Him above all else, He will put everything else where it needs to be.

So, if y’all see me post on Instagram this month, it is because my new goal is not to get disconnected, but to get reconnected with my Maker.

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