It's Time We Focus On Being In The Presence Of God Rather Than Our Presence On Social Media

It's Time We Focus On Being In The Presence Of God Rather Than Our Presence On Social Media

"It's one thing to allow social media to affect us in our social life, but it's another thing to allow it to affect our relationship with God."

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What's the first thing we do when we wake up? Scroll through social media. What's the last thing we do at night before we go to bed? Scroll through social media.

Trust me, I'm not trying to hate on social media... I use social media more often than I would like to admit. However, as a society, I feel that we use it and let it shape us way too much. Let me give you an example: when we go out to eat with a group of friends or on a date with a significant other, there's probably a 90% chance a picture will be taken and posted before we even taste a bite of the food sitting in front of us.

Or what about the "take a picture and post it to Instagram/ Snapchat/ Facebook/ Twitter/ every other media platform out there or it didn't happen" motto? Again, I'm just as guilty of this as the next person (because I truly do love pictures capturing precious memories) but is it really necessary every. single. time? And then there's the issue of comparison. We tend to scroll through other's posts comparing ourselves and wondering why we aren't as pretty as she is, or why we aren't as fit as he is, but we tend to forget that social media is only the edited highlights of people's lives, not the true, raw, details of day to day life.

It's one thing to allow social media to affect us in our social life, taking away the opportunities to just enjoy and live in the moment instead of trying to capture it in a picture or on a video to post online, but it's another thing to allow social media to affect our relationship with God.

Again, here's an example that hits a little too close to home for me: I'm not going to lie, I do not sit down and read and study the Word as much as I wish I did. But when I do, what's something that typically interrupts that personal time with God? Stopping to take a cute, aesthetic picture of my Bible and journal to post to my Instagram or Snapchat story.

Or what about tweeting a Bible verse on Sunday and getting a lot of likes and retweets and feeling good about yourself? Is that really bringing the glory to God? Or is that really about making yourself feel good and like you've checked a "Christian duty" off your weekly to-do list?

Personally, I have gone through times when I've found myself allowing social media to negatively affect the way I viewed myself and others, so I deleted the apps off my phone for a little while. And of course, I found myself with more "free time" than I was used to. The best thing I could do with this time was spending time in the presence of God worshipping Him and studying His Word. Does that mean I always did that?

No.

Does that mean I never downloaded my social media apps again? No.

I'm just saying that a lot of the time we spend mindlessly scrolling through social media and letting it negatively affect our lives, sometimes unknowingly, can easily be replaced with spending time with our Creator and growing our relationship with Him. Why do we even care what others think of us anyway? We shouldn't let other's opinions or the number of likes on a post determine our self-worth because we are all beautifully and perfectly made by God in His image.

Just to make one last note because I know I am probably opening a can of worms by writing this article: I'm not saying social media is only negative. It can actually be used as a way to bring others to Christ and spread His Word. (And it's a great way to share posts and images to stay in touch with lots of friends and family.) I'm just speaking from the effects of the negative side and stating that we should not allow social media to affect our relationship with Christ. We need to set aside time for being in the presence of God, and often times, that time is taken up by mindlessly scrolling on social media.

So, what if when we woke up the first thing we did was open our Bible and spend quality time with God? What if the last thing we did before going to sleep was spent alone time with God praying and thanking him for everything he's given us? I challenge you, and myself, to replace some of our mindless scrolling with intentional time in the presence of God.

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5 Things To Do When Your Professors Challenge Your Beliefs As A Christian

As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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Finding The Right People To Go Through Life With Makes All The Difference

Life is hard enough, why make it worse by going through it alone?

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There are so many things that we go through every day — loss, celebration, success, love — and whether they are good or bad it's hard carrying them alone. In the cases that are good, we want people to share in our joy with us and in cases that are bad, we want people to help us carry the burden so that it's not so bad. Having people in our life makes going through all the things life throws at us that much easier.

Anybody with great friends will tell you that they don't know what they would do without them. They make hard days better and great days more amazing and they are literally God-sent. There is no specific place to find these friends, but you do find them you'll know. You'll hold on tight and never let go. Because those are your people.

Don't make the mistake of choosing "quantity over quality" or of thinking that you don't need anyone else in your life because although that might work for you right now, you'll regret it down the road. Don't forget to appreciate the people you have in your life right now because they are the ones that make this thing called life just a little bit easier.

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