I’m coming up on my third year of being on Facebook. At first, it was so exciting to be able to interact with friends from my past, who lived far away. It was great catching up with them, seeing how their kids had grown, or where they had moved off to. Soon, however, I got sucked into petty debates and frivolous arguments. These conversations did nothing positive for me. In fact, I started getting butterflies at the thought of logging on, afraid to see who had commented on “that thread”.
Several of my friends have deleted their accounts. Some have said, “Husband’s leave their wives for other women on Facebook.” Or, “People gossip on Facebook.” or “There’s too much drama.”And, for those people, leaving Facebook might have been just the right thing. I often feel that I neglect some people, because there are so many to keep up with! I could never keep in touch with all of them! At times, leaving has seemed like a good solution. But, if I left, I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with our family far away. And I wouldn’t know about certain prayer requests. So, I’ve stayed.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the problem isn’t Facebook. It’s me! Wherever you find humans, you find sin. Wherever you find sin, you find humans allowing it to control them. I know, because, I’m a human. If a man or woman desires to be unfaithful to their spouse, they don’t need Facebook to get the job done. They will find a way. If a person wants to gossip, they certainly don’t need Facebook! Ever hear of the telephone? E-mail? Personal conversation? Yep. It happens all the time. As far as drama? Well, we know that you don’t need to look far to find that, either. I’ve made a decision. I’ve chosen to stay out of drama, as much as I can. So far, it’s worked! If a person is bragging about committing sin, I don’t preach to them. Why in the world would they listen to me? I’m nobody! Only the Lord can change hearts and lives. I just need to pray for them.
I’ve been disappointed to see, via Facebook, some of the choices my friends have made. I wish they would let the Lord direct their paths. But then, I can’t really judge them, because I don’t always heed His Word like I should, either. We are all in the same sin cursed world, in sin cursed flesh. We all need each other’s prayers, love and compassion. I hope that’s what you’ll always find on this blog, on my Facebook page, and most of all, in my life.