Farewell to Facebook

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I’ve decided to deactivate my Facebook account. God knows I’ve tried, but I can’t shake the growing conviction that it’s something He wants me to do, and yet I’ve struggled with it. Why? The older I get the more I realize when a Christian says that they’re “struggling with something” what they’re really saying is they don’t want to obey. I came up with many reasons why I should keep it, some of them very good ones: it’s a fast, convenient way to stay in touch with family and friends, share pictures, and send messages; it’s a great way to get to know people and for them to get to know you; it’s so much better than watching television, etc. In the end, however, it is this: a major distraction.

Life is full of distractions which constantly clamor for our attention, our time, and our affection. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” As I age, there is one thing that becomes more valuable to me, and that is my time. Time for all of us is in limited supply. We don’t know “the number of our days” but we act as if we’ll live forever.

If I spend a large part of my free time on Facebook or the Internet, then that’s where my heart will be. But God wants all of my heart. Silly me, resisting the Author of my life, the One who gave His life that I might have it in abundance. Now that I look back I shake my head and wonder what took so long and why I ever resisted. He’s answering my prayers, drawing me back into the sacred romance. Perhaps in the future He’ll ask me to give up this blog, too. I only hope that if He does I’ll obey instantly, because delayed obedience is disobedience.

For any FB friends who may follow my status here, I want to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives. I consider it a privilege and am grateful for your friendship. You can still contact me by email. And I’ll still see some of my poet friends at the workshops I infrequently frequent. And who knows, sometimes God asks us to give something up for a time and then gives it back. I’m not banking on that, though.

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