Monday, July 11, 2011

Life is More than a Status Update

Some of you may have noticed that my profile has disappeared from the world of Facebook. Most of you probably haven't, and that's okay too.

I thought I'd give a brief explanation as to why I am on a hiatus from the FB community.

When I created my account a few years ago, I really had no desire to delve into that world. I was merely trying to keep up with my high school daughter and her friends. I very rarely ever checked the thing and when I did, I usually didn't have a clue as to what to do with it. It didn't make any sense to me.

Then the FB bug hit me when I began to connect with people from each aspect of my life, running, church, hometown, high school, work, college, etc. Soon, I was in deep. Really, really deep. I really do like Facebook. It's a great way to communicate, keep in touch, share pictures, and my favorite part about it is the way that friends who are in need of prayer can ask and receive it instantly. Of late, there have been tragic situations that I have been able to drop to my knees for immediately and I am so thankful for that.

For me, however, among all of the positives that Facebook can offer, there have been some negatives. The most concerning thing from my perspective, is the amount of time I am able to waste while imposing the deadly sin of procrastination upon each day. Though I have wrestled with trying to balance it into my daily life, last night, while on my run, I heard loud and clear, "GET OFF FACEBOOK!" When I hear things like that, I tend to listen. I don't know if this means I won't get back on it again, but for now, I am taking a break from it. I suppose the fact that I feel I have to even explain this demonstrates how ridiculous all of this is.

A few things went through my mind about my adventure on FB. I think it helped to solidify my decision to follow through with the decision.

1. I joined FB to keep up with my children, but has it made me a better mother?
2. I reconnected with old friends, made new friends, and introduced people to one another, but has it made me a better friend?
3. I used the cute little "Married" indicator that FB provides, but has it made me a better wife?
4. I have read inspirational quotes, the scriptures, and stories of faith and love. I have even posted some of my own, but has it made me a better Christian?

To all of these things, I would have to say, "No". Sure, it may have added a bit to a given day along the way, but in the big picture of life, I would have to admit, that Facebook, and more correctly, the way I use Facebook, does not help me to become the things I am striving to be. So for that reason, I am now listed in the Facebook files as "deactivated".

Life is more than what I am thinking in any given moment in a day. It is more than a status update. I hope to live my life that reflects this.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you. That post is definitely thought-provoking. As odd as it sounds, I saw a TV commercial with a twenty something sitting at a laptop when her parents were out actually enjoying things. It made me laugh, but it also makes a statement!