When we spend time on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, we often notice that people frequently post that they plan to take a “social media break.”
Why, do they do this? People often write they feel overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of news about what is happening around the world. The level of violence, conflict, chaos, pain, suffering, and constant tragedy can take an enormous toll on people’s hearts and minds. Right now with COVID-19, there is more published than there is time to read for sure! People have varied opinions and we have heard so many things that it is hard to know who you can trust.
In addition to the world’s problems, many people carry the constant pressure of worry and anxiety about kids, marriage, health, and even financial responsibilities. The weight of personal problems can feel too heavy to carry sometimes. Perhaps you feel like that right now.
In the middle of all that is wrong in the world and upside down in our daily lives, perhaps the reassurance we all need to hear is Philippians 4:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Sometimes we need to stop and think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. The best place to find, “these things, “ is to spend more time in the Word of God. There are so many powerful words to explore and read that will encourage our hearts and our minds! There is so much good news and there is no worry about reading any “fake news.” We can take His Words and promises to heart and let them renew our minds, change our lives and our trajectory.
We have the privilege of the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal life. John 3:16-17 New International Version (NIV)16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
God saw our distress and spiritual alienation and sent Jesus to save us from our sin and separation. Through Jesus, we can be at peace with God right now. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jesus also promised to send the Comforter—the Holy Spirit—to be in us and with us at all times. In John 14:26-27, Jesus told his disciples, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father