Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Too Much Information...
Facebook launched in 2004 and as of 2012 there are over 845 million users. I became a Facebook user in 2008 and later added the Facebook app to my iPhone for on the go monitoring of my account activity. I currently have 848 friends that are made up of old high school friends, college friends, friends of friends, colleagues, and just random connections through travel, work, or ministry.
Lately, I have entertained the thought of shutting my Facebook account down because it truly steals away small segments of time that add up to large blocks of time. I am finding that my involvement in following 848 friends on Facebook is anything but relaxing. In fact, I am noticing that I have become greatly frustrated at many of the daily posts and sometimes even embarrassed for my said "friends".
Don't get me wrong, Facebook can truly be a wonderful tool to get connected to people that you have lost touch with over time. I have even shared Jesus by way of private chat. I have been able to send words of encouragement to people that I would otherwise have no connectivity information. However...all the in between status postings, game requests, and picture posts...I find myself having a judgmental spirit, rising resentment, and even frustration and anger towards others that talk a big talk and walk and entirely different walk.
Some days I tolerate this amount of information just fine and chalk it up as pathetic entertainment, but other days when I am super busy and my stress level is elevated just a bit, I often feel this is just too much information...
I wonder if other people feel this way also?
So why do I stay? That is a great question and actually is the question that I am currently working through!
I think it may come back to balance once again. Too much of a good thing just isn't good for any of us and we find ourselves in the land of bondage.
Balance is the key to all things:
Our Sunday school class is starting another book on developing an effective prayer life. My prayer life has suffered in the last few months and I clearly identify areas of much distraction. I know for me, I must nail down what has to go in order for me to refocus on Jesus so that I may seek Him with an unhindered heart.
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) ~ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
It comes down to discipline... God has an amazing plan for each of us and to get into that perfect will of God... discipline will be required. We WILL have to deny ourself and submit to the way of God in order to taste the greatness of His glory in our lives!
I am called to love God and to love people...can I do this most effectively by infiltrating my mind hourly with the drama of 848 "friends" that are all over the map in balancing their lives?