You may have come across one of these signs on a door before, “Out to Lunch” or “Out to Lunch, Be Back Soon” It’s a polite way to inform others that you are on break for a while to get some much-needed sustenance.
We take the time to grab a meal, relax and take a break from work, it’s something that we know is beneficial for us. Are we as intentional about taking the time for our mental and spiritual health too? Do we pause to refuel, to process, and just be still?
About a week ago, I decided to take a break from Facebook for a while, it was partially spontaneous due to certain issues going on but also I knew I needed a break, I just kept delaying it. Since I am also a social media manager and use it for ministry, I have limited my use and only logging in for very specific things. I’m not sure how long this break will be but I’m not in a hurry to return.
Although I love being on Facebook most of the time, catching up with friends and family, rejoicing with those rejoicing, and mourning with those who are mourning, it’s always good to take a break from it all. It was only after I took a break that I realized how much better I started to feel mentally and spiritually. I felt so much peace, it was as if the sun had broken through the clouds.
The social media noise can become so loud that if we’re not careful we can find ourselves being tossed to and fro on the waves of other’s opinions and expectations. Paul Cole says, “Understand, your heart will lean in the direction of the voices you listen to.”
Social media is designed to offer “mood-altering” experiences. Posting a picture or video to social media that results in likes and positive comments will trigger a nice dose of dopamine. It makes you feel good and your brain will subconsciously file it as a reward. When you don’t get the likes or positive comments, it’s quite the opposite.
Social media isn’t always social.
Have you ever seen people you considered friends out to dinner or some adventure and you realize that you weren’t invited? Or maybe you’ve seen friends quick to comment and like other posts and pictures but totally ignore yours?
I can go on and on about the ugly side of social media. It can get toxic real quick. Reality and life on social media are often two very different things and you can easily get sucked into its black hole.
Don’t be afraid to hang up your out to lunch sign, or feel free to make a quiet exit.
If you feel like you need a break, do it. You need to take care of your mental and spiritual health. Getting a healthy dose of God’s Word, moving away from the noise can help you to hear the voice of God and help to bring peace into your life.
As for me, I went cold turkey, I didn’t even hang up a sign. I just logged out from all devices and moved the app away from my home screen. It was time for me to go quiet and focus on my priorities, to reconnect to the things that I’ve allowed to slip into the background.
If going cold turkey isn’t for you, come up with a plan.
- Start limiting your time online.
- Log out of the apps
- Move your app from the home screen
- Come up with a screen-free hobby or task
- Go for a walk
- Do whatever works for you.
Now go get some lunch
L – Lean in the direction of God’s Word
U – Use your time wisely
N – No is not a bad word. Don’t be afraid to use it.
C – Choose God’s best. Always.
H – Healing is not optional. Do the work.
Just so you know, when you go on break, it might cause some inconvenience, for others and even yourself. Don’t worry about it, you’ve got to choose yourself. There is only one you, priceless and wonderfully made. You are worthy of God’s best.
So whose voices are you listening to? Who are you giving the microphone to in your life?
May the Lord’s voice be the loudest in your life as you take time to sit before Him.