Balancing Your Social Media Life

Okay, I’m pretty passionate about this one guys! For starters, I just have to say that I’ve grown to love social media. At first, I told my husband, “I am soooo not getting into that, because it seems addictive.” Well, lo and behold, I tried it, and I’ve grown to love it (as I’m sure many of you reading this love or “Like” it too)! As a result, I’ve signed up for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Periscope. And I have a YouTube Channel (Subscribe!). Plus, I have a blog (as you already know)!

Nonetheless, it’s an absolutely GREAT way to connect with others locally and around the globe! BUT, how many of you also know that anything that may seem too good to be true might trigger a raised eyebrow…especially, if it begins to interfere with your personal or spiritual life. And if you’re honest, you know it can have a way of wiggling into your personal life more than you could’ve ever imagined. Ever had these things happen to you?

- Working on a project and someone inboxes you or comments on something you posted (you know you just have to check it real quickly)

- Out at dinner and you or your spouse or friends can’t help but look to see what’s happening in the social media world while you send out a quick status post, check-in, or tweet (but it turns out longer than you initially anticipated)

- Before going to bed, you find yourself scrolling through the News Feed to see what’s happening right before you close your eyes (this can take another hour or so and then you find yourself fatigued in the morning)

- As soon as you get up in the morning, you turn over and the first thing you grab is your phone or computer to check your tweets, messages, and status responses from the previous night vs. saying, “Good morning Father. Thank you for waking me up this morning.”

- Sneaking at work to check your social media accounts (beyond your break or lunch)

- Posting, tweeting, or reading inboxes, status posts, or “Likes” before you enter work, church, school, gym, grocery store, or worst yet…the red light (that sometimes make you late, rushed, or distracted)

Let’s face it ladies, it can take over if we’re not careful. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, but I am saying that it might require some balance and wisdom if it begins to cause some unnecessary issues between your spouse, relationships, school, work, or most importantly, your personal time with God. If not mindful it can begin to steal your affection away from God.

I can recall one time (before social media even came out), I was cleaning my bedroom and enjoying some good praise music, when I clearly heard the Lord say, “The enemy is going to try to take your affection from me.” Now again, at the time, I was in high praise as I cleaned my room, but God found a way to interject a concern of His regarding our relationship.

So I paused and remembered the Scripture in Colossians 3:2 where it states - “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” And Jesus said through John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” So I knew it was the Lord. This was just His amazing way of preparing me for the future.

I now know without a shadow of a doubt that He was absolutely right. There’s so much out there in this world that’s competing for our attention like the news, reality TV shows, the latest fashions, success, ambition, material things, and surprisingly now…social media! Satan is literally on a rampage in this last hour. If he can get us distracted and consumed enough into our world or other people’s world through a network of ipads, cell phones, and computers to steal our affection away from God, he’ll try it! And then before you know it, we’ll find ourselves so distracted that we’re not as close to God as we were before, because we’re literally consumed with STUFF. Keep in mind that it’s a slow fade.

Again…don’t get me wrong! Social media is a great way to connect with friends, conduct business, or even do ministry (remember, I’m a fan and I use it). But with all things considered, there needs to be a healthy balance established between our social media life and our personal lives. That’s the key here. Sometimes we may just need to put it down, back away from it while we have dinner with family or friends, and especially lay it aside as we spend time in devotion with the Lord. The Lord should be the first thing on our minds in the morning, not what’s the latest tweet or post. Remember He is a jealous God, so we have to make sure that He remains first in our lives and that we don’t create any idols.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I just believe that if we keep it all balanced and in its proper place, we’ll experience God’s perfect peace and live guilt free as we walk in true victory in this particular area of our lives!

Remember Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!



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Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.


  1. Wanda January 18, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Amen to that. I rarely look at my Facebook page because it is sometimes not worth it. All it does is letting everybody know your business. I would post scriptures on mine. Not negative things but positive things.

    • January 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      I hear ya sis! No doubt it’s a great tool (especially for ministry, sharing the gospel, encouragement, and family pics)! We just have to make sure that it doesn’t steal our affection away from Him. Thanks for writing in Wanda!


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