Haven’t we drastically changed our daily routines and habits so far this month? Spending my days unplugged has really made a difference in my life and my home.
One thing that I haven’t changed so far, or asked you to change, is my nighttime routine. In the beginning, I was spending a lot of time online at nighttime, quickly scrolling through Facebook and snapping pictures with Instagram. I was like a crazy person in front of the computer! I could probably be compared to a person opening a bag of chips and stuffing their face after a day of fasting.
I realized after a couple of nights of this how wasteful this was of me. I was neglecting my husband and my children, and also losing valuable time with God. I also saw that there was really nothing on Facebook or Instagram that I wanted to see. So, after I thought about this a bit, my nighttime bingeing routine quickly changed.
I could never totally give up Facebook. When I do check Facebook for a few minutes at nighttime, I usually do have a message that needs to be returned. I manage a page for this blog as well as my husband’s business page, and those things have to be tended to. I can see the need for Facebook and think it would be unrealistic to give it up completely. However, it isn’t something that should rule my life or my time.
I will remind you of the first Bible verse that we memorized, which I have repeated over and over to myself throughout the month:
Challenge #16 – When you check your social media sources at nighttime, allow yourself only 15 minutes. Set a timer if you need to, and spend the rest of your night doing something more meaningful.
For some, this might mean spending time reading, doing some housework, watching a movie with your spouse, going for a nice walk, or playing a game with your kids. The possibilities are endless! Good luck!