I remember when facebook was cool. Before it became a place of sharing pictures of every meal; before it was freedom of speech at it’s [not so] finest, and before everyone felt like they had to come up with a status better than the last guy to get maximum ‘likes’ and feel good about themselves.
I hardly remember what life was like before I had facebook. I do actually remember setting up my account, though. It was at the end of my senior year of high school, because back then you could only join if you had a college e-mail address, nowadays my cat and my one year-old niece can have a facebook. I just need some time away right now. I need time to focus on the things that matter and enjoy the relationships I have in my life, not on the internet.
Today is Ash Wednesday, which begins the Lenten season. Therefore, I have decided to give up facebook for the next forty days. Will it be a challenge? Of course. Will it be worth it? You bet.
I didn’t just give up facebook to prove to the world or to myself that I could do it. I didn’t just give it up because it sometimes annoys me more than anything (especially when a big event occurs), but I have reasons for why I am doing it.
1. Distraction. Everyone knows facebook has become this biggest distraction on the planet. We can’t go two minutes without the itch to refresh our news feed so we know exactly what everyone is doing at that exact moment. Who are we? A bunch of stalkers if you ask me. I spend a lot of time checking my facebook throughout the day and especially in the evenings if I have nothing going on. It has taken time away from cleaning when I need to, projects I have needed to finish, planning, and most importantly my quiet time with the Lord. It’s completely my fault for placing it above things I shouldn’t, but the Lord tells us to rid ourselves of the things that distract us from him [Hebrews 12:1]. So here you go, Lord. No more facebook for Jill…at least for a while.
2. Gossip. This is a big one for me. I don’t think it’s one that always occur to us, but facebook is a very dangerous place for gossip to start. I find myself a lot of times scrolling through my news feed and feeling like it’s okay to gossip about someone, because “hello, they put their issues on facebook, that gives me permission to talk about them to others”. Wrong. It’s so easy to fall into this trap. It’s never okay to put someone else down. It’s never okay to gossip. We should always be an encouragement to our friends [Ephesians 4:29].
3. Deception. Get real. Our lives are never really what we make them seem on facebook. We put all of our best moments, accomplishments, and pictures up for the world to see, but we hide our mistakes, fears, and failures. We can’t let people know we actually mess up, that we actually have problems. I’m very much guilty of this and it’s time to stop. If and when I do get facebook back, I want to be better about sharing my struggles and setbacks. I want people who are possibly struggling with similar things to know they are not alone. We are not meant to go through this journey of life alone.
Like I said, this WILL be a challenge. I already know that the devil is just waiting to tempt me daily…he already has. But! When I am tempted, I have scripture I can turn to in order to help me through it,
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. –1 Corinthians 10:13
PTL [Praise the Lord]! Amen!