Hey everyone! How are you doing? I hope all is well!
Today, I have returned back to the world of social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, etc. not MySpace) after a month-long break. It was good! I am refreshed indeed!
I needed the time to focus on my school work and on God. This is a busy and hard semester. I also wanted to get out of the normality of using those sites which are a lot of times the only way I communicate with certain people. I want to establish more genuine relationships with my friends that mean more than a simply like and comment. Sometimes that’s what relationships are reduced to as one spends a great amount of time on those social networking sites. I know that some people live far away and seeing them is quite difficult. In all reality how can one finite person be friends with everybody, it’s impossible. Lately I’ve been realizing my finitude and it something we don’t think much about. I’ll blog about that some other time.
I realize that there is a good use for it. It is not bad in itself, but just as it can be with many things in life it is often abused by its user. Lots of people have become enslaved to sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, (MySpace if its even around anymore) and they don’t even realize it. People spend hours upon hours on there in a day when in reality they could be using their time more effectively. I know personally I’ve been guilty of this (I ‘ll admit). I’ve been idle just wasting time checking what so and so is up to. Also, being nosey and wanting to know what’s happening in everyone’s life. As well as anticipating people liking and commenting on what I put up. WHO CARES!!!??? No, but really, why do we do things like that?
I know one can probably come up with several reasons why one spends so much of their time on there but in all reality one can surely find better reasons to cut down on the time. I’m not saying close down you account but simply to cut down on the time and even take a break from it. Everyone is accountable ultimately to God for the way in which they steward their time. Ultimately we should use our time to glorify our great God in other ways. If you use those sites for the intent of evangelism, as I do, great keep doing it and glorify God through it but beware not to fall into the trap of getting caught up in the things that go on in there that don’t necessarily keep you on mission.
I’m not against Social Networking sites, really I’m not. I’ve just realized the danger of it becoming idolatrous and quite distracting.
I am reminded of what John Piper once said,
“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
― John Piper
I can think of THREE KEY THINGS one can do as one cuts down on social networking sites of which are more important I’d argue.
1) Spend more time in God’s word. Dig deep into God’s word in personal Bible study.
2) Spend more time in prayer. Enter into God’s presence in some personal prayer time with the Father.
3) Spend time in real fellowship in a small group with people. Talk and discuss God’s word with each other in a small Bible study it’s better than Facebook!
And of course, don’t neglect attending Church and being a part of the local church which is filled with people whom one can get to serve and be served by in order to glorify our Father who is in heaven!
All these things above should prioritize logging into those social networking websites!
May we say like David as we seek to spend more time with God,
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1 ESV
Any questions or comments feel free to post below. Thanks!
Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!