It is very easy to get caught up in the desire to be noticed and seen. How much can I do today? How many people can I meet with this week? How many parties and events can I attend this month? Who can I text? Who can I call? What can I post to get a ton of likes and comments? I need attention.
I think we all go through times of desiring strong social connections. It’s human nature to want to connect with others, seek entertainment, be friendly, and work together. We need each other. No one was meant to go through life alone and on their own. That is not how we are designed.
On the flip side, it is so important to be alone.
Temporary isolation is normal and necessary.
Stepping away from everyone and everything for a while to recoup, reconnect with yourself, and reevaluate your life is vital to good health and mental stability.
Everyone has their own energy. When you interact with other people, your body absorbs their energy, good or bad. When you are constantly around people and constantly interacting with no time to unload, you can begin to overwhelm your mind, body, and spirit with the energies from others.
When you are in isolation, your mind can roam. When you are in isolation, your thoughts can unleash themselves. You may be surprised by the things you hear in your seasons of isolation. Thoughts and concerns that have been suppressed usually begin to surface.
What I often find is that social media can interfere with who we are at our core. While you’re reading posts online, you’re reading in the voice of the person who wrote that post. These are not your thoughts. They are their thoughts. But with enough time spent reading these things and absorbing this content, your thoughts soon begin to change. Your pattern of thinking and the things you desire begin to change shape and formation. Soon, you post like the people you’ve been reading, you think in a pattern like the tweets you’ve been reading, your actions are motivated by the things you’ve been reading. You begin to change.
See, if you aren’t intentional about the things you absorb, you will leave yourself open to demonic influences and negative thoughts. I don’t want to scare you, but 24 hours a day, you are under attack. Your thoughts and your mind are being bombarded and there is a spiritual war going on for your soul.
You have a role to play in this conflict.
When you sign up to be a believer in Christ, you sign up to be on the winning team against the prince of this world. The enemy hates you and wants to see you destroyed. This is not a secret. The bible tells us the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. That is his only focus. And assigned to you are demons whose only focus is to ruin your walk with Christ. What we tend to forget in this battle, however, is that we have the best defense.
We have angels assigned to us.
We have a Savior who literally prays for us.
We have a Father who is there to guide us in the right path.
We have a spirit who is actually living in us and ready at all times to come to our aide as well as lead the way.
This is valuable information. This is where our attention should be. This is where our minds and hearts should be focused.
The bible also informs us that we will be kept in perfect peace if our minds are fixed on Jesus. There is no deviating from fixed. Fixed is permanent. Fixed isn’t shifting from the left to the right. Fixed is convinced.
We have power when we understand the rights we have as believers in Yeshua (Jesus the Messiah).
There is enough negativity in the world to keep you distracted.
There is enough good stuff in the world to keep you distracted.
There are endless opportunities to occupy your time and energy. The options are literally endless. I always find it funny when people say they are bored. I mean seriously, do you not realize how many things you can do right now?
You always have an option for your time.
What God has given us is the ability to choose what we do with that time. He has also told us what options we should choose. But ultimately, the choice is ours.
As humans, we should feel an obligation to make the best choices. We owe it to the God who has saved our lives countless times to give Him the best of us.
Showing up to life and doing the best we can should be our automatic way of life.
Knowing this, however, I still did not always give life my best shot. I did not always focus my attention in the right direction and I still have a ways to go. I am learning daily where I can give more, do more, love more, serve more, live more.
I desire to spend my life pouring out everything God has given me so I can say I used it all. Everything he told me to do, I did. Everything he told me to say, I said. I have to make a conscious and continuous decision to say “no” to my flesh and my own desires and “yes” to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
We have to make it to the end of this journey.
We have to get to the finish line. I want to be successful and proud of my life when I get there. I can only do this through daily fellowship with the Lord. I can only do this with intentional filtering of the things I allow into my life. This can only be accomplished with discipline through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Everyone’s walk with Christ is individual.
We all have our own path.
Our own callings.
We don’t fellowship personally with Christ the same. Just like every relationship is different. This is why being alone is so valuable.
You can develop your personal relationship when you are alone with God.
When you take the time and deliberately set aside opportunities to cultivate your relationship and get to know the God you claim, you discover amazing truths about yourself and the world around you.
You can discover your calling, your path, your gifts, your talents, your passions, your truths.
The Lord has a way of showing you what you really desire when you don’t even know it.
Remember, He created you so he knows you better than you know yourself.
What an amazing thought to embrace.
The one who created our bodies knows how to fix our bodies, lead our hearts, and prepare our minds and so much more. And He wants to do this for all of his children. If only we tapped in regularly. If only we pursued Him like our lives depended on Him. If only we were so desperate for change… we changed.