Have you ever got on YouTube to watch a video and then 3 hours later found yourself still watching videos? Yeah, me either! Out of all the videos I watch on YouTube some of my favorite creators are vloggers. I can’t imagine putting my life on the line via daily videos! They have a lot of guts and creativity. All that said, one reason I started the blog was to push myself creatively so I decided this week to make a 60-second video. I have been inspired by the people I watch on YouTube. So this video is my take on a very short “vlog”.
It is so easy to get caught up in our day to day. We have so many things running through our minds. We have to pick up groceries. Finish that project at work. Take the kids to practice. Finish the projects around the house. It all adds up and our minds are cluttered with tasks to accomplish. I think it is easy to underestimate the usefulness of slowing down.
It has been said that we are more connected now than we have ever been but that we are also more lonely than we have ever been. There are plenty of studies, blogs, and articles that you can find on the subject. From personal experience, I can see why they say that. I see what everyone is doing, but I don’t really feel connected to them. It is hard to be in a new state with no friends around. It has been lonely and social media just reminds me that I am not with people I love anymore. It also feeds the lie inside me that people are better off without me. This is not God’s truth for anyone’s life. In our time here, social media has become an idol in my life. So yesterday I took a step to kill that idol by deleting all the social media apps from my phone. Social media can truly connect people and I have seen God use it in great ways. I just check it too much right now and want to take a break so I can have a healthy relationship with it. Here are the 3 reasons why.
One of the first activities as a family when we moved to North Carolina was to visit the beach. There is something about the ocean that has always intrigued me. The vastness of it. The constant movement. All the fish you can’t see. I do love all of nature, but there is something special about watching the waves crash into the shore.
One of my favorite things that I’ve ever been apart of was on the beach. It was our mission trip to LA a couple of years ago. We talked about Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Since we were on the beach, we spread out and prayed that God would reveal our sin and things that hinder us. When we knew some of the things that were holding us back, we wrote them in the sand close to the water and watched the waves wash them away.
It was such a great visual picture of God washing that stuff away in our lives. Claiming victory over those things and being able to run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
We have victory in Jesus today friends! We are new creations! If you are struggling today, I want to encourage you to visualize yourself writing that thing in the sand and washing it wash away. Claim victory over those hindrances and sins! Let’s persevere!