///3 Month Social Media Fast: An Update

3 Month Social Media Fast: An Update

Just about two months ago I wrote a post about how I got a challenge card from our summer camp for taking a fast of all things social media for 3 months, and instead of doing social media to read through Proverbs and Psalms (you can read the post HERE). I have been doing just that and I have to say it has been a pretty incredible experience. I thought I would write down some things I have either noticed or have learned during this social media fast.

I used social media to waste time. I know the purpose of social media is to connect with others, but I feel like I discovered that it can easily pull you away from people who are right in front of you. I discovered I went on social media when I was bored or I was just sitting down waiting on something. I found myself pulling out my phone to look at Facebook or Instagram whenever I had a spare second.

Instead, I have learned to now be intentional with the people I am waiting around with. Either if it is my wife at home, students between services, or strangers around me at Starbucks, I am more aware of needs and conversations just start. It’s amazing who you can interact with when your face is not buried in a phone.

In reading in Proverbs, the verses in which I felt were directed right towards me were the ones about pride. Proverbs has a ton to say about pride. I have learned that I would use social media to promote my stuff. Whether it was an event in my life or a post that I wrote for a blog. It was all about me. I have discovered that since I have not been able to promote my own stuff, people have interacted with my thoughts and posts more than any time before. So I can say without a doubt, when I get back on social media, I won’t be promoting my stuff but just writing what I feel the Lord wants me to share and that’s it.

Facebook makes it really easy to talk and connect with students. It’s almost like cheating really. But even more now, I realized Facebook is opposite of what it’s promoted as… a community. Students think interacting on Facebook is the same as interacting face-to-face. False. I believe pastors have fallen into this trap as well. There is nothing like face-time one-on-one interactions with students and this fast has made me be super intentional with meeting new students and hanging out with students I want to know better (check out my post on intentional one-on-one time with students HERE).

The worship pastor here at Saddleback knew I was reading through the Psalms and gave me a book called “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene Peterson about Psalms 120-135 and it has blowing my mind. Such a great way to dissect each of the Psalms and God has revealed a ton of Himself to me in this book. I recommend it.

Those are some of the big things I have been working through and dealing with on this social media fast. I’ll be back on at the end of October but I can already tell I am doing to be taking a different route when it comes to using social media.

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About the Author:

Justin Knowles has been a pastor for the last 10 years and is the Student Ministries Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He hosts Youth Ministry Hacks Podcast, loves to write about his ministry journey and teach at all sorts of camps or retreats. He and his wife Kristin have a son named Graham and a cat named CATalie Portman. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @justinknowles3

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