For over the past month I have been completely off social media. I deactivated my Facebook account, Instagram, Twitter, and yes I know, even Snapchat. Social media is wonderful. It has allowed me to stay in contact with friends and family that I rarely ever see and even stay in contact with one of my old college friends from Scotland. During the last month of my semester I found myself constantly checking my phone to just distract myself from having to study all day. Early one morning I was doing my devotional and I came across Hebrews 12:1. It states, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” I just felt as if these distractions were hindering my ability to focus on my task at hand of finishing the semester up as strong as I can. Social media is not necessarily a bad thing but for me, but I just wanted to get back to the absolute basics.
For the first few days of not being on any type of social media it was a little odd. I would find myself grabbing my phone to see what was going on and realizing I was logged out of everything. After those first few days I completely forgot about it all together and rarely ever picked up my phone. The time I had been wasting looking at my phone was now being used for more productive things. I was able to really focus in on each day with minimal distractions. More importantly I was able to focus more on my quiet time, which was certainly an unexpected positive to what my original reasoning was for withdrawing from social media. I was truly able to refocus and finished my semester better than I could have even hoped for.
So the question is, “Do you have anything that is hindering or distracting you from your race?” If anything comes into your mind right off the bat then try giving a month without that distraction. Mine was social media, what is yours? Allow yourself to completely refocus on your immediate task at hand, “…throw off anything that hinders and the sin that easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”