Let me tell you a secret: I went one whole week without the internet and enjoyed it!
Yep, that’s true, I actually enjoyed not having the internet. I will say I did feel bad about not being able to chat with all of you lovely people, but I learned something very valuable during that time that I want to share with you.
I learned that life is SO much better without the internet.
Now, I wasn’t completely in the dark for an entire week I just had to truly monitor my time online so as not to go over the data limit on our phones. I checked social media maybe once a day; and some days, not at all.
One of the things that I loved about not having internet access for a week is that I truly felt better. I was actually doing something during the day instead of sitting around scrolling through newsfeeds and watching videos. Another thing that I gained from not being on the internet was a sense of happiness and peace.
You see, when I’m scrolling through various feeds I’m usually comparing my life to the lives of others in my feed. I don’t realize that I’m doing it but the feelings of Inadequacy show their ugly head the longer I’m online. Limiting myself to getting on maybe once a day helped me to see all that I have been blessed with and spend less time playing the comparison game.
I find that the more time I spend online the less I remember the simple yet profound truth that God made me and loves me just the way that I am. I am made in His image. He has given me a story to share and all I need to do is focus my eyes on Him and not those in my feed.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” ~Hebrews 12:2a
I encourage you this Christmas season to spend a little less time online and a little more time communicating with the ones you love. You will never be able to fully realize how good of a life God has blessed you with if you keep looking at someone else’s.
Until next time,