March 26, 2012


Posted in Christianity at 9:36 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

While social networking has allowed us to connect with more people than ever, it has also fostered a strong sense of disconnection. Instead of calling someone on the phone to talk or meeting with her in person, we spend hours in front of our computers, ignoring our families and friends in the process as we socialize with people we often barely know. Because we can read about their lives on the Internet, we feel as if we know them. While social networking has many advantages, allowing us to catch up with friends and family and network with colleagues, an unfortunate reality is that when we spend too much time using it, we often end up neglecting those closest to us.

This sense of disconnection that we feel too often spills over into our spiritual lives. When we put our “best” self forward on a social networking site, we often forget who our “true” self is. We can easily forget how to have a real, intimate conversation with God. But God doesn’t forget, and he’s still there waiting for us to return. No matter how withdrawn we might become, when we turn back to him, we will feel right at home. We may not be able to fix all of our neglected relationships so quickly, but with an apology and some time spent together, we can begin to mend those relationships we have pushed aside. When we give our time and obsessions to God, He will help us so that the balance in our lives will be restored.


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