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Why I Deleted My Social Media Apps

Earlier this week I deleted Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram apps from my phone. Not going to lie, I’m actually at peace without them. Social media has been a thorn in my side for a while and recently it’s been bothering me being connected all the time. I still login throughout the day, but in the evening, I put my phone away. Out of sight, out of mind.

Why now?

There are a few reasons, mostly personal. The short version, I need a healthier distraction. I think social media is okay in moderation but should never be used as our only source for connection. I’m grateful for the people I’m connected to. Our friendships were birthed through social media and I know we’ll remain long-term friends.

Connection isn’t the problem though, it’s compulsion.

One thing I’m learning is to be better with my time and use my time in ways that matter. Resisting the urge to login to Facebook, scroll through Twitter and Instagram and actually pay attention to the things that are going on inside me is becoming more important.  Healthy habits is a goal of mine this year. This started with making minor adjustments in my daily life and they’ve slowly become habits. Particularly for me it’s in a few key areas, but social media was definitely at the top.

One of the healthiest things we can do is pay attention to how our minds respond to things we see on social media.

To be completely honest, I want to live a more quiet life. I said this in my last post and it’s still true two months later. Not every area of our life needs an audience. There are many things going on in my life right now that have no business or place on social media. We have a right to privacy, and sometimes social media violates this.

2018 is becoming a year of process for me. Things being stripped from me one at a time. It’s also a year of reflection and deep repentance. There have been key moments this year already that have reshaped my thinking. I’m laughing and in awe right now at how God uses the people He does to do this. The amount of closed door conversations I’ve had with people this year helping them deal with their personal pain is in turn helping me deal with mine.

It’s a process.

The people in our life deserve our full time and attention. I learned this over a year ago, but definitely, more so this year. Everyone I sit down to eat with or talk to, I never check my phone and they don’t either. We value the connection and presence of each other, not our screens. What would the relationships in your life look like if you learned to do the same? They would probably be healthier, stronger, and would thrive.

I often wonder about people who are always connected at all hours of the day. What in their life do they need a distraction from? Social media is a distraction and can be an unhealthy one. This isn’t about other people though, it’s about me.

Now that social media is off my phone, I feel better without it. The temptation to check my e-mail or social media in the middle of the night or early in the morning is gone. When we focus on things that really matter, things that used to matter don’t.

My challenge for you this year is to put your phone down. Pay attention to what’s going on inside you and around you. Those things deserve our time and attention, not social media and their audiences.

In Jesus and with love,


A Man of Second Chances



“You decide every moment of every day: Who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance, every second.”

Job 33:28-30

 He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit,
and my life shall look upon the light.’

29 “Behold, God does all these things,
twice, three times, with a man,
30 to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be lighted with the light of life.

God is the Man of Second Chances

Look around you and see the many lives in the world who have been changed and transformed by His grace and love alone. When I think about the People of the Second Chance movement and every life that has been given a second chance, I know that wouldn’t be possible without God and the incomparable way He forgives without fail. Regardless of what we do, how far we stray away from Him, or how badly we believe we have hurt Him, He is there patientily waiting for us.

How many people in your life would do the same?  The truth is, no one else will. Not because they aren’t capable, but because they won’t.

We are broken. Yet, some how and in some way, God takes our broken pieces and makes us whole. He makes us new.

 God gives us a second chance at life.

 Having been a person who effortlessly, without fail, have given people from my past  a second chance, it doesn’t compare to the second chance that God has given me. No other person can or will love and forgive us the way He loves and forgives, they can’t. He has given me a chance to get things right and to set a path in my life that matters now.  Not that my path prior didn’t matter, but this path now has a purpose. God is the Man of second chances and there is no greater truth than that.

How has God given you a second chance?

Note: This post was inspired by the People of the Second Chance movement. Take a moment and look at the many lives who have been changed and given a second chance to get it right.


Godhunters: “Debunking” God

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the SyFy show “Ghosthunters,” but to give you a brief synopsis, the show is about a group of oridinary people like you and me who track down the presence of paranormal activity across the country. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson and their entire team The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), have made it their life’s mission to help any one with questions pertaining to paranormal phenomena and ghost hunting.

Ghost Hunters are a lot like Christians.  We are always searching for truth and want desperately to feel God’s presence in our life. The TAPS team spends several hours taking electromagnetic field and temperature readings and film their findings as they move from location to location. To be credible to their investigations, the team tries to debunk what they find and look for more reasonable explanations. Our faith in God is a lot like this. We spend hours, sometimes days questioning God’s existence. In His moments of silence we grow impatient and begin “debunking” Him and His plan for our life.

In every episode of Ghosthunters, most of the paranormal activity that is captured is captured in the dark. When each of the team members’ sit and actually talk to the Spirit, they play back the footage and there will either be a sound or movement in those moments. The goal here for the TAPS team is to try and relate to the Spirit personally by asking the Spirit questions that will trigger a response.

In our moments of darkness, that is when pray and have a heart to heart with God.  We may not feel His presence right away, but we acknowledge that something, somewhere is listening.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

If we spent less time trying to “debunk” God and His plan for our life and more time trusting Him, we wouldn’t have to “hunt” for wisdom or understanding, we would already know. The truth is, we already do.

The truth of God is written.

We  try and “debunk” God’s truth for our life by always searching for answers. As believers, we are filled with this never ending need to hunt for answers to our questions. “Why do bad things happen to good people? “Does God really predestine people for Heaven? “Are spiritual gifts really from the Spirit?”  We don’t have fancy equipment or EVPs but we do have one source of truth that we often overlook and that is the Word of God; The Bible.

To grow in our understanding and feel God’s presence and work by the Holy Spirit, we need to understand His Word. Like the TAPS team, we are ordinary people who have been called on a mission. That mission is to trust God and have a relationship with Him.

Our relationship is not a paranormal experience, it’s a personal relationship with Christ.

Note:  For clarification, I am not comparing God to a ghost or a “paranormal being.” Nor am I am making a claim that I believe in ghosts. I am simply making a comparison of how Ghosthunters are a lot like Christians in the fact we seek His truth in our daily life.  We’re Godhunters on a mission to grow and understand God’s purpose for our life. Whether I believe in ghosts or not, is not the basis for this entry. But, if you want to tell me a good ghost story, I’m always down to listen.