Distracted

In our culture today, we face so many distractions. In fact, one of the largest distractions in our generation today is in our pockets and in our hands almost all the time – our phones.

Truth is, our phones can be such an incredible tool. All the information we could ever want is at our fingertips, and communicating with friends and family is possible within a split second. But if you're anything like me, you've also found yourself staring into your screens, spending hours and hours refreshing your social media page to see the latest news, latest updates, latest tweets, and to see how many "likes" your latest post got.

If you're anything like me, social media has become a huge distraction in your life.

If I'm honest, if I spent half as much time with God and reading scripture as I did scrolling my social media feed, my walk with the Lord would be at whole new levels.

And if I'm honest again, I don't think I'm alone. I don't think I'm the only one that has realized the technology and activities in my life has largely distracted me from the work of God in my life.

And so on November 8th, we will be doing something as a ministry that we've never done before – we will be taking a Social Media Fast.

Fasting – The willing absence or reduction of food, drink, or activity in one's life.

Our hope at BSM North isn't to tell our students and leaders that "social media is bad!" Truth is, I really enjoy social media. I love getting to see what my friends are up to, what's going on in the world, and posting a few things myself.

Social media isn't the problem. We are the problem.

Our hearts have such a tendency to get distracted from the work of God by all sorts of things – school, family, homework, sports, hobbies, money, jobs, and on and on I could go. And so it's vital in our lives to slow down, take a pause, and refocus our attention on God.

That's why, from November 8 to 15, we're doing a Social Media Fast. 


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The cool part? Instead of telling students to simply delete their social media apps and do their best to focus on God for a week, we've actually written our very first BSM North Devotional that our students will take home with them on November 8. Each chapter of our Devotional is written by one of our BSM North Leaders, and includes daily scriptures for our students to reflect on each morning and night, as well as a section for students to answer questions.

Our greatest desire is that this would be a transformative time in our lives, where we press pause on the distractions in our lives, and refocus our attention back to where it belongs – on Jesus.


Do you have to be involved in BSM North to participate in the Social Media Fast? Of course not! We'll be posting our Devotionals each morning and night on our website so you can join with us!

 

WRITTEN BY: BRADEN COLLUM
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Who We Are

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This past Wednesday, we wrapped up our first series of the school year – Vision Series. For the past 3 weeks, we've spent time talking about who we are as a ministry, what our purpose is, what our mission is, and what our vision is.

It's simple really, we want to be like Jesus.

But too often, ministries get caught up in the tag lines. We get caught up trying to creating awesome worship services, and singing the coolest songs, and growing our numbers. It's easy to get distracted by the exterior things of who we are as a ministry.

We too often forget who we really are: A community of people. We all come from different backgrounds, different schools, and different social and economic statuses. But we're a family. That's really who we are.

And so this past Wednesday, we set up a photoshoot for our BSM North "family." Our first reason for this was simply to have fun with it! I mean, who doesn't like grabbing a few friends and making ugly faces in front of a camera?

But the other reason? To give you a glimpse of who we are. All of us have our own quirks, issues, goofiness, struggles, awkwardness, doubts, silly faces, and ridiculous poses.

All of us on our own unique journey of following Jesus and becoming more like Him.

This is who we are.