I’m sitting at my computer, working away at my editing, when it happens.
Ding! It’s that special little sound that alerts me of a Facebook notification. I immediately click over to my FB page, the one I’ve conveniently left downsized on my screen. I mean, you never know when you’ll need a little break or burst of inspiration. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, I need them! They’re a necessary part of my existence, right?
By the time I finally make it back to the story my characters are wandering around half-baked, unsure of where they’ve been or where they’re going. The flow has been broken and it will take me another half-hour to get them all straightened out and back into action. But I still needed my distractions, didn’t I?
I’ve been settling into my editing routine this month and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, at least every minute that I’m actually working. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress. They can be great tools and I really enjoy being able to keep up with friends and family who I don’t get to see very often. You know who you are. 🙂
The problem only begins when these things start to consume my life. If one of the first things I do every day is check Facebook, (I’m making my guilty face right now) than my priorities are pretty messed up. When my priorities are messed up, I can be pretty sure my heart isn’t right either.
I know the Lord has called me to write and I know He wants me to pursue it with more diligence than I have been. This week I want to begin guarding my time a little more. Maybe I won’t leave social media downsized when I’m working and (Guilty face again) check it first thing in the mornings.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.