Refocus: From Social Media to God’s Heart

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Thoughts

Hey fellow homeschool moms!

That’s the gif I always think of when I say that. 😂 Let’s be real for a moment – we’ve all been there (maybe?). We’re in the midst of a lesson plan, trying to keep our kids engaged and on track, when suddenly our minds start to wander. Ugh. We catch ourselves scrolling mindlessly through social media.

Swipe. Swipe. Swipe.

Suddenly. You’re comparing your homeschool journey to others. 

Little Johnny is already reading?! Well, at least MY Susie is doing high-level math. I would NEVER use that curriculum they're using..

..and wondering why your house isn’t as tidy.

Wow, she can afford those countertops? Of course. Her husband must just make more money. I bet she doesn't hang out with her kids. That's why MY house is messy. We're mAkInG MemOriEs. .. they have a maid.

..or your husband isn’t as awesome.

Well. He might've forgotten our anniversary but at least he's home every night for dinner..

Before you know it, you’ve wasted an hour, and you’ve lost focus of what truly matters.

But here’s the thing. I say all of that in jest and as an exaggeration but real talk:

Comparing any aspect of your life to someone else’s, whether it’s to put them down, or yourself – just.. don’t. That leads down a path of negativity that you don’t want consuming you. Guess what though? Satan loves it.

The Bible (Jesus, actually) says this –

where our treasure is, our heart will be also.

If our treasure is in social media, our hearts will be consumed with the never-ending desire for more likes, more followers, and more validation from strangers online. If our treasure is in material possessions, our hearts will be focused on accumulating more, constantly wanting the latest and greatest. But if our treasure is in God, our hearts will be filled with His love, peace, and purpose.

In the context of Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus is warning his followers against accumulating wealth and material possessions, and instead encouraging them to focus on storing up treasures in heaven.

This passage is a call to live a life of simplicity, generosity, and faithfulness, and to prioritize our relationship with God above all else. It is a reminder that our true treasure is not found in the things of this world, but in the love and grace of God, and that our hearts should be focused on storing up treasures in heaven, rather than on earth.

I want to share a little something with you. My sons started a small business two years ago, making little iron-bead crafts, and at first, it was all about the excitement of being their own boss and pursuing their passion – maybe learn some money management along the way. But as time went on, I noticed a shift in one of them. He started focusing more and more on how to make more money, how to grow his business faster, and how to beat out his competitors. Don’t get me wrong, these are all important aspects of running a business, but it consumed him. He lost sight of why he started in the first place – to serve others and make a positive impact. He became so focused on greed that it started affecting his relationships and even his own happiness.

As (homeschool) moms, we have an opportunity – no – a responsibility – to model for our children what it means to focus on God.

We can show them that our worth and value come from who we are in Christ, not from how many likes we get on a post or how many material possessions we accumulate. We can teach them that true joy and contentment come from serving others and living out our purpose, not from constantly striving for more.

So how do we refocus?

How do we shift our treasure from the things of this world to the things of God? I mean – we NEED money to live, right? Here are a few practical tips:

1. Set Boundaries with Social media

Decide how much time you want to spend on it each day and stick to it. Use that time to connect with others, share your story, and be inspired, but don’t let it consume you.

2. Practice Gratitude

Take time each day to reflect on the things you’re thankful for. This helps to shift our focus from what we don’t have to what we do have.

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3. Invest in your relationship with God

Spend time in prayer, reading scripture, and seeking wisdom. This is where your true treasure lies.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus emphasizes that our priorities and values should be focused on the spiritual realm, rather than the material world. He is teaching that our hearts will naturally follow our treasure, and if our treasure is in material possessions, then our hearts will be consumed with the pursuit of wealth and materialism.

But if our treasure is in heaven, then our hearts will be focused on the things of God and the pursuit of spiritual growth.

I am purposely reiterating this.

4. Serve Others

Look for opportunities to volunteer, help a friend in need, or simply show kindness to a stranger.

This helps to shift our focus from our own desires to the needs of others.

A sweet text for a grieving widow, a letter of encouragement for the struggling mom that sits in the pew on the other side. It does not have to be difficult – these simple gestures go a long way and demonstrate a servant heart.

But if you have the ability to serve in a soup kitchen or church pantry, take those opportunities.

Homeschooling can be hard. Parenting is hard. There will be LOTS OF days when we feel like we’re not doing enough, when we’re not measuring up, when we just want to throw in the towel. But when we focus on God, when we remember that our treasure is in Him, we can find the strength and courage to keep going. We can trust that He is working everything out for our good, even when it doesn’t feel like it.

So, together let’s refocus.

Let’s shift our treasure from the fleeting things of this world to the eternal things of God. Let’s model for our children what it means to live a life of purpose, love, and service. And when we do, I promise you, our hearts will be filled with joy, peace, and contentment. And that, my friends, is the greatest treasure of all.

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