If you are like me, you are tired of the drama. Tired of the chaos that has seemed to infiltrate every Facebook post or Tweet. Someone can say the most innocent thing, but for some reason, it becomes ripe for comment or debate. And the worst part is that all of that (which we knowingly take part in and allow into our lives) takes a toll. Not just emotionally, but deep in our soul.
It’s relentless. It keeps pushing. It keeps trying to and often times, catches us off guard. That is why I decided this past month to limit my interaction on my personal Facebook page to a bare minimum. I am either posting an image from a separate app or sharing from another form of social media that isn’t full of angst, like Instagram. I just couldn’t take my friends tearing each other apart and people I didn’t even know doing the same. Being away has been refreshing to say the least. I found that I really don’t need to know every detail of what is going on and that I can choose to not take part in discussions that ultimately go nowhere except downhill.
So what is causing all of this chaos? Fear.
It’s all fear. Fear of being misunderstood. Fear of not being treated equally. Fear of retribution. Fear of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Fear of where our world is going to. Fear that the end of life as we know it is slipping away.
And then this morning during my prayer time, I was reminded that fear and gratitude cannot co-exist. We need to find that stillness in our heart, mind, & soul. The quiet place where we can think and feel without distractions. A place of peace in the midst of chaos where God can do what He does best. Love us. Remind us that He has everything under control. Remind us of everything we have to be grateful for…even if simply for breath.
We do need to do our part and make better choices. We need to avoid those things that stir up angst in our souls. We need to spend as much time with God as we do on social media. Whoa. That’s a huge one!
But, it’s the only way you will truly break free of the chaos.