I’ve never played video games, or smoked a cigarette, but this year I’ve let something into my life that has truly threatened to addict me…
If you’re not on FaceBook, I commend you. You know who you are without having to have an online identity. You know who your friends are without having to number and rate them. You do not wast hours and house scanning useless data about people you hardly know, illustrated by grainy cell-phone pics. If you go on the computer at all, it’s to write personal emails or blog posts that contain full paragraphs, proper punctuation, and spell-checked clarity.
I commend you. I stare at you as if you were a hairy turtle, and wonder how you’ve done it, yet I commend you.
So, if I disdaind FB so much, why am I on there every day? Why don’t I just quit?
Because I’ve figured out how to make FB work for me (and I’m terrified of the withdrawal symptoms! LOL)
“Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any afflicted, let him pray. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him…”
|From Drop Box|
Lol, you already know my FB story, I fought it til the bitter end. Then for the longest time I wanted to keep to my little circle of friends who I already talk to regularly.. then I realized that it's a ridiculous thing to try to be a light in a tiny facebook group of 20 friends who are already saved anyway, so I reached out and accepted more friends.
You're dead on with switching away from the news feed to just the status feeds. I am so grateful for the status updates of my friends now, because I get to learn so much more about their everyday lives that I wouldn't normally know about. Just in the last month via FB chat I've been asked to pray for several friends. (one miscarriage, one for a husband deciding whether to join the army, one dealing with death to name just a few) I'm so grateful, particularly for private messages and chat because I've learned that some friends would never pick up the phone and reach out for help… but if I take just one or two minutes to answer their chat it opens up a window of opportunity for them. It's been incredible how I've been blessed with opportunities to reconnect with people who I would never have thought I'd have the opportunity to minister to, so as much as there are times when chat can be a pain it can be a valuable tool too. People seem to be more comfortable with chat so I chat. It's sort of like learning the native language of the people you're trying to be a missionary to.
But then again, I'd rather send a text or email saying “I'll pick you up at 6:00” that can be read at their convenience than interrupt someone's work day, with a call.
Facebook is just like anything else in life, it can monopolize your life.
My biggest FB problem? It draws out my sinful side in judgement. “Look at Sally and how she's played Farmville for 6 hours today! I KNOW that her husband doesn't get hot cooked meals at night.. you think she'd have better priorities.” And then I have to check myself and realize that not only have I done a million things that may have been out of priority throughout the day but I realize that I've probably sinned just as much as she has and should be less inclined to point out splinters.
Wow, well you've drawn out a book from me! Great tips Miss Trina, I think they are all of great value.
I started my page to contact a cousin in a different time zone. Oh, boy….I noticed right away how quickly the hours (yes, plural!) passed when I would log on to see what she was up to. Now, I only log in once a week, or if I notice that it was someones birthday, I might log in just to tell them happy birthday.
As far as “friends” go, I don't “friend” anyone that wouldn't say “hi” to me on the street – If we aren't friends in Real Life, I don't pretend on FB! This makes my “friend” list smaller than most, but my purpose there is to glorify God, just as much as if I was face to face. I also don't “friend” people I see reguarly or close family members. Like you said, just call 🙂
Also, (sorry, long winded here 🙂 if you have no real reason to create an account, just don't, you won't regret what your not missing, or something like that:)
No facebook here and not going to go there…..
Mrs. Guthrie says
Commenting, then jumping off the computer to fix lunch for the hubby and littles… 😉
We were actually both on FB, and found that it was occupying more of our time than we liked, so we both got right out of it… I imagine I could have put all of those tips into practice and whittled down the time, but I realized that it was something that already had a hold on me, so I didn't want to give it any room at all. It was easier to just disable my account. 🙂
Love your list. 🙂