Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why am I doing this?

"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

A friend of mine put this quote as her very last status on facebook. She felt convicted to close her account after she read this. I have been haunted by it ever since I read it.

We joke about facebook addiction. But is it something to joke about? Are there eternal consequences to the amount of time we spend on it? These questions have been bothering me. I don't want to get to the end of my life and wonder what I could have done with all that time.

I don't think it is a call for Christians to give up twitter and facebook. There is value in being connected. These are tools that can be used for God's glory and to share Him with the world.

I guess the question for me is, is this what I am doing? Or am I wasting my time. Am I honest about who I am when I carefully word those statuses? Do I hide myself and my imperfections or do I let others see who I really am?

Do people see that I am not perfect, not together, not who I want to be?
And do they see that I am perfectly forgiven, loved, and a beautiful work in progress?

I am not saying I am giving up facebook... yet. But I am evaluating myself. Examining my motives. My honesty. My use of time. My prayer life. My authenticity. So many things.

Because if it is not bringing glory to God, then why am I doing it?


Wendy B. said...

Wow Stacey, what a great thing to read. I know how you feel because this thought has crossed my mind before too. I did see something good on Facebook this week. A girl that I know had recently gotten married and used to party but on Facebook she said all of the partying was finished and she was returning to God because he is more important. I was so happy to read that. Your blogs are always special to read. I just wanted you to know that. :)

Stacey said...

Hi Wendy,
Thanks for the comment. It is nice to know that someone is reading these things!
I guess that is where I am at... trying to weigh the good and the bad of facebook in my life. I definitely think there is good. I think I am coming to the conclusion that I need to make sure I am controlling it instead of it controlling me. If I can't do that then I should give it up.

Lori F said...

WOW! Boy did I need to read this today. Since I've been home, I think I spend way to much time on here. I had great plans to read my bible and pray more. hasn't happend. You just gave me the kick in the butt I needed. Love you.