If you know me personally, that's shocking.
But God recently revealed to this clueless girl that maybe Facebook was taking up just a wee too much of my time lately. Five minutes here or there sure adds up to a big chunk when you add it all up.
I began thinking, "Is Facebook somehow becoming *gasp* an idol in my life? Am I honestly spending more time on Facebook daily than I am connecting with the Lord? Could it be? No way..."
So begrudginly obedient me logged off Facebook and gave it a rest for the month (minus a few posts here and there on my blog page). And despite what you might think, it's not the end of the world being off Facebook. In fact, if a Facebook fast seems like a totally crazy idea to you...you might want to consider one yourself! Just sayin.'
I have absolutely no idea what is going on in the lives of 95% of the people I am friends with on Facebook. Which is a bummer. But I didn't know what was going on with most of them before my Facebook vacation. If you haven't noticed, Facebook isn't really designed to create real, authentic community. No social networking site is. Facebook is just a time sucker. A super fun time sucker this social girl loves, by the way. But a time sucker nonetheless!
I recently took an informal survey of some close girlfriends, and here's what I discovered. We are all too darn busy. And we're all miserable as a result. And Facebook isn't helping a lot of us socially inclined chicks stay on task. So what are we going to do about it?
Even though most of us admit we don't have enough time in the day to get in a good bible study, or take some quiet time for ourselves, we spend an average of 1-2 hours watching TV and another 1-2 hours hanging out on Facebook (add up all the times you 'check in' for 5 minutes throughout the day....eeeekkkk!) or doing some other totally senseless, unproductive activity. It's a shame. And just a wee bit embarrassing at how much worldly things have taken a major priority in
- What do you spend too much time on each day? Be honest...is it Facebook? TV? Reading blogs? (don't stop reading mine, just everyone elses...hahaha) Surfing the internet? Writing your own blog? Shopping? Clipping coupons? Carting your kids around to every activity known to mankind? Working out? Counting calories? Baking? Laundry? People need to get fed, clothes need to be clean, savings are a must, but at some point these things can go from necessity to obsession/compulsion. That's when we need an intervention.
- When is the last time you had a good, deep, honest, heart to heart, face to face conversation with your spouse, a family member or friend? Facebook messaging and texting don't count.
- When is the last time you took a solid half hour or two or three each week just for yourself to relax and destress? (And don't tell me because you have kids that isn't possible, I know alot of mamas who do this.)
- When is the last time you sent a nice handwritten note (remember those?) out to people you love? I did that recently with some very special ladies in my life that I haven't had the chance to see much this summer. Just because we're busy, doesn't mean we can't let people know how special they are to us.
- When is the last time you spent some serious quality time with the Lord, whether reading His word, journaling, listening for that still small voice, having prayer time or going for a nice long walk and talking to Him?
- Add up how much time you spend daily on things like juicing, counting calories, working out, making whole foods, shopping, baking, couponing, etc. Now add up how much time you spend daily drawing closer to God and spending quality time with your spouse and kiddos?
So what are
This week, I'm going to spend some more quality time taking stock of my priorities. I am going to attack (or expose) those idols. I also vow to continue being intentional in my desire to spend more quality time with family, friends and, most importantly, our Savior. This proves to be difficult, as it seems everyone is just too busy to fellowship, have coffee or hang out these days. *sigh* But praise the Lord that our Heavenly Father always has time for us!
So how about it...you up for rearranging your priorities this week? Be honest with yourself and admit where your priorities might be out of whack. I know it will be difficult to admit our failings and honestly evaluate where we place too much stock in the things of this world, but the Lord is kind and merciful! Don't forget that!
After you have identified where life has become a bit too indulgent, spend some time getting things back in balance. Find someone close that can hold you accountable, if needed.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2