If I had to distill the many takeaways I’ve gained from the 7 Day Christ-Centered and Media Free Challenge into one single thought, it would be this: so much of our time is spent on waste.
You see, no matter how much time I spend on social media, on the news channels online or via television, no matter how many stories I read, there is nothing much I can do. Yes, I become informed about the trends of the day, as trivial as they may be; I learn about the politicking that is going on in the nation; I become aware of the illnesses or the victories in my friends’ lives. But after all is announced, what else is there? How am I impacting the world, the lives of my friends, the lives of my children? How better off are we? Of what eternal value is anything we see online, on a post, or on our newsfeed? How do we contribute to what I call the landfill of social media?
King Solomon said:
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes 1:11-14
How is anything we do going to be remembered? So much in our lives is forgotten; things past, things to come will be forgotten. And what I see, personally speaking, is vexing, as I’ve mentioned before.
Hence why I proposed this challenge—to get us back to a Christ-centered focus on life. Too much distracts us from the main things, too much our heart seeks that is temporal, too much is vanity.
But we do have control over our time, don’t we? How we spend it and where. And with whom.
All of this is to say that the days when we’re simply consumed with laboring over that which is out of our control, we need to remember that our lives are slowly vanishing.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
We don’t need to worry about what will happen this year, we need not fret over what we can’t handle in our own strength. It is of no use to worry. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
It is a rare moment when our only task is to live for the Lord daily, to walk with Him in His footsteps, to disciple our children in His word, to share the gospel with the world. If we could only focus on those essential things, these things which we were born to do, then our worries would be like a vapor.
If we could appreciate a song of praise, a letter to a friend, a random act of kindness to a stranger, a moment of humble forgiveness to our offenders, then we can know Him better and appreciate who He is in our lives.
Strangely enough, though, I’ve come to realize that my peace does multiply when I am only looking at the here and now. When what is immediately before me is where I place my eyes upon. This removes my blurred vision. This alone magnifies His name in sight.
On those rare and blissful occasions, I want to experience this more frequently. And it’s this purging of the Lord, this pruning, this refining as gold is tried that humbles my heart into submission — for all importance is found in only Him, where I’ll gently kneel, noting with great care His excellence and grandeur.
Although I’ll know that in a few days this challenge will end, that this now-flourishing modification of focus will pass away, I’ll nonetheless find myself overcome with gratefulness — grateful for the many things that had to be removed just to magnify the wonder of God, a season so temporary in the grand scheme of life, yet so necessary in all seasons.
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