I am facebook-free once again (2nd time)
I am facebook-free once again (2nd time)
It is 11:55 pm according to my laptop clock and after a lot of thought, and research and whisper in my heart: I left Facebook. I cannot explain the joy, the ease, the peace I have on my soul as if I can finally breathe without being breathed on over my shoulder every step of the way!
Yes, I openly admit that I actually made that choice myself to be a part of the so called SOCIAL network which is actually quite anti-social since I was spending my time alone in the real world “socializing” with my Facebook friends. I will miss my relatives who are thousands of miles and oceans away from me… but I will call them instead. I will write letters, cards, emails… It may not be so colour perfect and attractive as Facebook, and not so up to date. But that is the idea! I want simple. I want a simple life. I want what I once had. I want my children to see in me the person that I truly am and not one with the phone in her hand. I can honestly say that I was spending 20 – 30 min a day on Facebook (not hours, thankfully!) but those minutes gave too much of me and my family to the world. I want my life to be my life, and I want to share it with my friends in a more social way than the Facebook way. I don’t want my children to remember me as a Facebook freak who needs to update the rest of the world about every little detail of her personal life. Why?? I want to be the mom with a clear mind to be able to provide the much-needed undivided attention to my precious ones… I want to, need to, declutter my head of all of the social friends and pictures, of status updates, of who ate what, and of who did what at lunch time. It is all nice and sweet but our minds can only acquire so much. If we don’t fill our minds and heart with the right things, if we can’t live without that addictive social app called Facebook or Instagram (or whatever that may be) then we are idolatrizing that thing. It slowly takes over our mind and our lives. We brush off our kids so we can keep our eyes on it, showing the world a perfect world that in reality is so far from perfect. We defensively say that we don’t have enough time to have an active relationship with God. We are just simply tired! Well tired of what? Hmm… Our head is packed with excessive information that is not only exhaustive but unnecessary!!! And where is the privacy when we pop open our life album on a daily or weekly (or even hourly) basis..?
This is the 2nd time I permanently deactivated my Facebook account. First time I did it was in 2010 or so, after 3 years of steady dedication to keeping Facebook updated with my personal life (uh.. I hate that!) A few years later I created a new account again to one again reconnect with far away friends and loved relatives. I hope I will not repeat that mistake again tough since it is such an addictive time sucker and thief of your identity.
And I will remember today October 10, 2017 as the day that God whispered to my heart, and my heart listened and took comfort in Him. And I am so thankful for that! This is so being written in my gratitude notebook…!
Hebrews 12:1-2 (italicized & underlined parts made by me)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
If you feel the same and need help in saving your precious time, minutes or hours, for your sweet family… you can find some helpful information on how to get off the addictive Facebook HERE (as in permanently deleting it). I pray you receive guidance from God though. I am not trying to say or convince anyone that what I believe is best for my family is best for everyone. But deep down in my heart I believe this small change in lifestyle can make such a colossal difference in a family life in a positive way!! Be blessed and keep your eyes focused on Jesus where the answers come from! All you need to do is ask Him.