5 Lessons I Learned on my 3-Week Break from Social Media

I am coming off of a three-week break from social media and blogging. It was a good break and a needed disconnect from the incessant buzz of Facebook and Twitter. Taking a three-week break forced me to really examine my social media usage and learn some new lessons. I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the lessons I've learned from my three-week break.

1. Social Media is a Powerful Tool

The internet and social media are just that – a tool. It can be used for good or it can be used for great evil. It all depends on the intention of the person as to whether social media becomes a productive and edifying tool or a destructive, piercing weapon. It can be extremely powerful either way you wield it. Our sin can quite easily cause us to use social media to hurt others, gossip, or criticize. Yet, I long to seek new ways to use social media to connect with other, encourage people in their faith, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. Social Media can become an Addiction

Social Media is like heroin. It can become quickly addicting. I often found myself overly dependent on checking the social network for likes, comments, messages, etc. Like an addict looking for his next high, I would scroll through my iPhone looking for another dosage. Over the past three weeks I deleted all the social media network from my iPhone so I would not even be tempted to open them up. It was good to take a break and be free from the addiction, but to also rest my mind from generating content to build up the body of Christ.

3. Social Media Connects the World

Through my blog and social media this past year, I have had the opportunity to meet and pray for believers all across the world. It has been amazing to see the ministry opportunities the Lord has given me through stewarding the tool of social media for his glory. I still have a long ways to go in using it properly, but by God's grace I'll get there.

4. Social Media Usage Often Has Sinful Motivations

As I examined my own heart these past three weeks, I learned just how wretched of a sinner I am. I like keeping up with how many views this blog gets or how many likes a post gets on Facebook or how many retweets. It is so easy to begin to post, write, and encourage others not for the glory of God but for the vain praise of men. By God's grace, he has taught me the difficult lesson of fearing him before others and finding my identity not in what people think about me.

5. Social Media is a Ministry

I am more convinced than ever that this blog and my Facebook and Twitter accounts are another form of the ministry God has given me. Keeping content coming through the pipeline is often a lot of work. Writing these blog posts regularly takes great energy. All of this is a ministry for me. It is a joyous labor to serve the church universal through writing and tweeting. By God's grace may he use my efforts and labors for the spread of His name and for His glory.

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Fathers Day and My Dad

In a country where there are fewer and fewer good, Godly men. Fathers who love Jesus and their families deserved to be recognized and praised. In that light, I am extremely blessed to have my Father, Larry Robert Deeter. No other man has shaped me into who I am today like my father. In reflecting this past week there are few things he has taught me through word and action that has been vital to who I am. 1. A love for the Gospel

My Dad is a Pastor. I grew up and heard him week after week on Sunday mornings. A message I heard over and over is that our own righteousness fails and we need the righteousness given to us in Christ. He never skipped over this truth or got tired of preaching it. Seeing the evidence of God's grace and mercy in his own life and the humility as he proclaimed it, made the Gospel of Jesus Christ marvelous to this wicked sinner. Through his influence and example I began to see that the message of the Bible is true and the Jesus needs to be my Lord and Savior as well.

2. Prioritizing Family

My Dad is a family man. He loves his wife and his three sons. One of the best things about my Dad is how he was always available. Throughout my childhood he would often work at home and would make spending time with his children a priority. His presence was always warming and welcoming and he always viewed raising us boys as his joy, not his burden. As I've begun my own family now as I'm married to my wonderful wife Kaitlyn, I've learned to keep family a priority over work and ministry. I've learned from him that the most important ministry I will ever do is not in the church, but within the walls of my home as I lead and encourage my wife and raise and disciple my future children.

3. Patience and Contentment

My Dad is patient. He images God well here, because he is slow to anger and abounding in love. He rarely got anxious or acted out of hostile emotion. He is a patient, spirit filled man. He is content with where the Lord places him and is patient to wait on the Lord for His timing and His leading. Somehow by God's grace, I've managed to pick up this trait from my Dad and I inherited it from his example.

4. Daily depending on Grace

My Dad is not a perfect man. He's made mistakes and has had his failures as all of us have. However he depends daily on the grace of God. He humbly comes before the Lord Jesus Christ when he stumbles or falls. He taught me that when I mess up I do not need to run from God but to God. When I fail, God isn't someone I should fear because Christ has paid the punishment for my sin. He taught me to daily walk in God's grace as a humble man dependent on the mercy of God.

I could go on and on about what my Dad has taught me. I've been incredibly blessed to have such a Godly Dad. As I honor my Dad on Fathers Day I thank God for him. I hope that now as I am my own man, I would make him proud as a a man, husband, pastor, and one day in the future, a Father... And Dad on the off chance that you end up reading this, Happy Fathers Day