Chocolate Milk is a Fruit of the Spirit

My children attend an incredible daycare that teaches them biblical foundations. It is a major blessing. A few months ago I got a message from my 4 year olds teacher. She told me she had been teaching them about patience and how it is a fruit of the spirit. She then shared a quote my daughter made during one of their meals.

“Chocolate milk is a fruit of the spirit’

Y’all I laughed so hard. It was a message that made my day in more ways than one. For one, my kid is hilarious just like her daddy. Two, how awesome that she is using the fruits of the spirit to teach my child?!

Her sweet innocent mind loves chocolate milk and she had equated the fruits of the spirit with things that make her feel good. She’s 4 so I didn’t have a long lecture 😆

I thought about her chocolate milk comment this week and It was then that I had a lightbulb moment.

Just like she innocently equated chocolate milk as a fruit of the spirit our society has adopted the mentality that social media likes, loves and comments are a fruit of the spirit.

Has anyone said that out loud?

No. But I see it.

I see woman of all ages posting filtered and risqué photos.

I see grown men and women who are getting behind a screen and ranting and attacking others about hot button societal issues.

I see too much sex, too much hate, too much politics.

All of those post have thousands of likes, loves and comments.

I’m sure your thinking

“So do we not share on Facebook?”

“Are we not allowed to post selfies”

“Girl you are walking on some thin ice broaching this topic”

Let’s look at scripture

Galatians 5:22-23 says

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. The law is not against such things”

If you stop there you get the happy part. The next part is where you get to the meat of this conversation.

“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become CONCEITED, PROVOKING one another, ENVYING one another.” Galatians 5: 24-26

Can you share photos on Facebook? Can you share opinions?

Ask yourself “what is my motive for posting this?”

Before Jesus got a second hold on my life I would post a status or a photo and I would stay glued to my phone waiting for the response. I would consistently click the bottom part of that post to see who had liked it. I would respond to every single comment. During that time the motive for my post was the attention. People would see the post And gave me that social media air high 🖐!

Well guess what happens when you get that response? You post more, you get that emotional high of people digitally liking you.

When you don’t get the likes … then what?

Eventually self control is lost. Eventually you equate the lack of thumbs up as being an outcast and depression sets in.

So what’s the answer?

How do you have a social media account without it causing sin?

I can only tell you what I did. I fasted from it. I didn’t have to delete my account. Some people have to, but I was able to get it under control by first deleting the app off my phone and then fasting from it for an extended amount of time.

Every time one of my groups fasted that was what I fasted from and guess what?! I no longer have to fast from it. It does not control my thoughts. I genuinely do not care how many people like or love my stuff. I rarely ever click to see who actually clicked one of them buttons. Sorry if this upsets y’all but I had to let that go.

Do you find your self-worth from the hearts and thumbs up?

It’s time to get out of the cycle! Social media is an addiction. Some people can have it and function. Some people can not.

I challenge you to fast from your social media account. What does that look like?

-Delete it off you phone

-Commit to not look at it for 24 hours.

-Fast again, don’t look for 48 hours.

-Fast until it’s not a problem and if you get to a week and still can’t pull your self out of the pit with social media… DEACTIVATE IT! Stop letting Facebook define your worth and value.

If we can do this as adults we can teach the future generations how to handle social media accounts as well. I would love to say “don’t let them have it” but at the end of the day they’ll get one and we have to prepare them and teach them how to manage it.

Dear Lord,

I love social media. I truly do. I think it can be a wonderful tool to help Christians connect and encourage one another from all over the world. But lord in the same breath of loving it, I loathe it. It can be so toxic. Lord give us wisdom on how to manage our social media accounts. Lord intervene and convict us where we need to back off and quit being passive aggressive. Help us know the boundaries of photos and the amount of information we put out there. Help us use social media to grow your kingdom, lift up one another and rejoice when our kids have recitals, Baseball games, football games, etc. Lord I pray we would kick out the enemy and allow you to guide our actions involving this highly sensitive topic. Thank you for technology and the ability to worship you with it. In Jesus name

Amen

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