As followers of Jesus, we are called to love God and our neighbor as yourself, but that is very hard to do when our souls are overwhelmed. We are continually being bombarded with information from every direction. The invention of the TV, radio, cell phone, tablet, and computer have made it possible for us to stay connected 24/7.
Studies affirm that one’s use of technology “directly relates to why so many people struggle with anxiety, depression, and envy,” says John Eldredge. Part of the reason is that we continually see and hear about everything happening in our world. It is overwhelming for our heart, mind, and soul.
The British anthropologist Robert Dunbar is known for his research in a human’s cognitive ability to maintain healthy relationships. His research suggests that we’re hardwired for a maximum of 150-200 connections. Before the invention of the radio, TV, phones, etc. humans primarily maintained the relationships in a small community of people. Dealing with the challenges 100-200 people face regularly is much different from continually processing the turmoil of our world.
As finite beings, our souls are incapable of empathizing with all of the needs we hear about in our modern world. For the sake of our souls, and ultimately others, we need to discover ways to limit our exposure to information. Here are some soul care recommendations I recently heard in a leadership podcast:
- Try to avoid looking at your phone before going to bed or after waking up.
- Limit the amount of news you are watching, listening too, or reading daily.
- Reconsider the number of people you are currently connected to on social media.
- Create space to process life and pray at least a few times per day (e.g., set the alarm for 11 AM and 3 PM). As you pray, release the concerns you have, that you can do nothing about, over to Jesus.
- Renew your mind by reading Scripture daily. Reading the Scriptures is also a great way to improve our relationship with God.
- Ask your spouse or a close friend to provide you with some accountability.
I hope and pray; this helps you implement some healthy rhythms into your life and increases your ability to love God and others.
Grace, Peace, & Love,