This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24
Taking a break from the constant TV programs, Twitter tweets and Facebook status updates to listen to God and make the most of each day.
I’ve heard the verse above many times before. No doubt many of you have, too. But as one of the key verses in the sermon we heard this morning, I heard it again in a different light. The companion verse — and the initial focus of the sermon — was James 4:14, which states “you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
Life is short and continues to zoom by. And we aren’t getting any younger, are we? With all the media frenzy, social media, TV and the Internet, not to mention work and other commitments, sometimes we forget to stop and treasure that which is most important. Time passes by and we are so busy playing catch up and trying to cross one more thing off the to-do list, we may not stand still long enough to listen to God. Don’t spend the day waiting to live when we could just be living.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon
Now as a marketing and brand consultant and fan of social media myself, I value the importance and place for Facebook and Twitter. They are an effective way for any business to get noticed and should be an important part of any marketing plan. As founder and creative director of TWELVE TWO, I help small businesses get started in social media and suggest ways in which they can use these tools better. Of course, they can be a great way just to keep in touch with old friends, too. But there is a time and place for everything. How many times have you signed in to Facebook just to check in or post a quick status update only to rub your eyes and look away from the computer an hour later?
Sometimes, a well-deserved vacation or even a small break — executed correctly — is in order. That’s why we are taking a week to fast. We won’t go without too much food, but we are taking a break from Facebook, Twitter and the TV. Starting on Monday, we will use the time previously spent on social media or staring at the television to pray, listen to God and spend more quality time with our family. We may update this blog and can still be reached by email, but you won’t hear from us on Facebook or Twitter and we promise to keep our television turned off.
As always, we look forward to your comments here and look forward sharing our findings next Sunday. Have a great week!