Idols Of The Social Heart


I love Pinterest!  I have a handful of nourishing blogs I add to my free-time list during the week, and I have facebook for my friends, family, and my e-book.  ( Have you seen my new book, by the way?)

How about you?  Do you have social interests in this on-line world we live in?  We can gather recipes, decorating ideas, order our groceries, books, and keep up with family and friends – all on-line.  And quiet easily I might add.

Recently, I discovered a heart-reaction I had to another blogger’s actions, and it caught me surprise.  I have been praying about this, and seeking wisdom as to where this reaction came from, and why?

The answer God revealed to me:  Idols of the Social Heart

Think about this with me?  While we are reading blogs and scouring the web for home school helps, or leaving comments on sites to encourage or leave input, we are leaving part of us right there in those places.  What do I mean?  I know when people read a post I have written and leave a comment or write me an email, they are immediately engaged in an on-line friendship/conversation.  Sometimes, this is reciprocated with a response.  Sometimes, not.

Perhaps you have felt shafted, or” put-out”  by a non-response, or the tone of another site?  Maybe you find yourself spending more time in front of your browsers ( phone, computer, IPad, etc.) than with your children, or calming the chaos around you?

Idols can slowly creep into our lives.  Doesn’t God’s Word warn us not to be held captive?

I write this post to encourage all of us to stay on guard for the time, reactions, and personal impact that Social Media is having on our lives.

Remember the person that we follow on Pinterest, or their books, or web sites, has struggles, personal trials, and lives to live out – just like us.  Let us be an encouragement to one another – Just as would be face to face.  ON-line people have real-people lives.  We can try to not set them up on a pedestal of perfection.

Five Social Idol Break-Ups :

1. Evaluate your on-line time and put your computer or phone where you are less likely to turn to in moments of stress or free time.

2. Limit your social interactions.  Define which blogs and why you will visit and when.  Are they ALL necessary?

3. Stop expecting social media friends to return any favors you may feel you have done for them.  Do you expect more from an on-line friend than you would from someone in person?

4. Be Kind .. On-Line. For some reason, there is often a disconnect between our minds and the computer screen.  People think, write and say whatever they feel like saying, without taking their thoughts captive, or giving grace.  The key-pad is not a free ride to freedom of expression in God’s eyes.

5.Guard your heart.  Taking the on-line world so seriously that we are affected deeply enough to be upset, angry or swayed in the amount to time we think and dwell upon those things that we read or have put before us – is an IDOL.  Cast them down.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you have blogs, web-sites, and interests that help educate you, keep you informed, decorate your home, or become a better mom?  Great!  Me too!  Balance.


Have you discovered  social media to be an idol sometimes?


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  • Reply
    October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

    as always, you gracefully challenge me with your wisdom and call to balance. sharing this…

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    Jess @ Life in the White House
    October 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Paring down my google reader is on my list of things to do. I used to be able to keep up and comment on so many wonderful blogs, I just don’t have time to do so anymore. Part of me feels badly that I don’t comment as much, and then another part of me feels validated in not commenting because it’s not reciprocated (not good either). But, my guilt needs to end about not encouraging every blogger I read.

    Wonderful post September.

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    Becky Daye
    October 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Such a great post and a beautiful reminder.  Pondering…

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    October 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    To be honest I am trying to scale waaay back on my social media/screentime for the entire family and focus more on real life, actual relationships instead.  I stopped blogging(except very, very rarely) and just read facebook off of my phone when I have an extra minute standing in line or whatever.   I have found that I have 300 facebook friends, but nobody to go out for coffee with or call up just to chat–at that point I realized it was time to start cultivating real life friendships and not the superficial facebook ones.  It is so much harder to try to fit in hospitality and the time to really cultivate a friendship, but I truly hope in the end it is worth it.

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    October 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you September, I needed to read this to today. 

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    Mandy Hoffman
    October 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Wonderful post, September!

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    Mandy Hoffman
    October 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I actually don’t use a “reader” to read blog posts in.  I keep a sidebar on my blog – old fashioned these days…I know – or I link through fb/twitter.  That helps me not sit in front of my e-mail forever for sure.

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    Gretchen Louise
    October 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Excellent truths!  I’ll be linking to this in an upcoming post… 😉

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This message goes right along with my pastors message series (Based on Jeremiah10): Scarecrows in a cucumber patch. We all have ‘idols’. They come in all forms. These idols can sneak up on us and steal time away from the Lord. I have said before, I didn’t/don’t have time to have quiet time, yet I did have time to plan all my pinterest projects and get up to date with all my social friends. Great post that hits home.

    I am all the time comparing my life as a mom to other moms who seem to have it all together and have perfect families. I heard a quote on a Andy Stanley small group video (I’m not sure if it is his qoute) but it really put things in perspective.

    Don’t compare you’re “behind the scenes” to someone’s “highlight reel”

    Thank you for the post.

    PS. Lynette Kraft introduced me to you/your blog. 

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    Gee Ranasinha
    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 am


    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for using our image to illustrate your blog post.

    Our images are distributed under a Creative Commons copyright license. That means that, while you’re free to use the image here, you are obliged to give accreditation.

    Our image usage terms state that attribution include a live “dofollow” backlink to in addition to the Flickr page. 

    The usage terms are outlined on the image’s Flickr page – see

    Thanks in advance for modifying the attribution.

    Best Regards,

    Gee Ranasinha, 

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