- I have to have Facebook in order to manage my blog page
- I need it to manage my hubby's business page
- I need to keep up with my friends
- What if I miss out on something important?
- What if I learn something awesome or find something very blessed?
- What if I am able to share something blessed?
I made a deal with myself when I started on Facebook that I would only use it for positive stuff, to share my faith, share what makes me laugh, or photos I think are beautiful. Never as an outlet for anger or frustration. And I have pretty much kept to that. I avoid controversy and if I disagree with something someone has said, I don't respond or raise a debate on their page. If I do feel the need to "comment" I try to do so with grace. If I can't find anything gracious to say, I keep away.
But recently I am finding Facebook a drag! I find I am just scrolling through and seriously using up a lot of time just "being" on Facebook. Because of family hurts I have always been careful about what I say and what I share on Facebook but I find myself backing off as others in the family get more involved on it. I don't feel free to be me, on Facebook. It is not being the tool I want it to be for my blog either because I find that I am not focusing on that. I truly wish I could have the Facebook blog page without "Facebook". Anyway, my dilemma is that I want to step away from Facebook, but I also don't want to!
What to do, what to do!
I believe that Facebook is a great tool to use to spread the gospel, I believe its a great tool to communicate and connect. I choose my Facebook friends wisely so those on my page tend to be like minded. But I find myself stuck in a groove that is not uplifting, or positive. I find that I am not gaining anything from being there. I am allowing Facebook to steal my time and my joy and it is sometimes a cause for contention.
I have considered what I would be losing without Facebook, and other than those few specials that I connect with, my blog page would be lost. I can connect with my specials outside of Facebook, even those far away. But my blog, and sharing it, is important to me too.
What to do? What to do?
I will be praying about this. I will be considering options. I will take and listen to advice! Ultimately I will do what I feel the Lord wants me to do. I wish He would be more direct but I have a feeling the Lord wants me to "MANAGE" Facebook in such a way that the impact is positive and not negative. That means discipline! Sigh! Its easy to be disciplined in things that don't impact you but those things that do, quiet times, food, friends, time, social media, all these things require thought and discipline and decisiveness.
As one blogger friend of mine said, her audience for her blog is who the Lord wishes for it to be, and so with regards to numbers of likes, comments, shares, etc, I am not overly concerned. It is my heart's desire that the one person who needs to read something written here, gets to read it, through whichever medium. I do not want to lose sight of the fact that God comes first no matter what.
So, your advice, comments and thoughts are welcome. I would like to take it all into consideration and prayerfully make a decision.
Psalm 63 v 1 - 5: O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirst for You, my flesh longs and is faint for you, in a dry and weary land where no water is. (2) So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory. (3) Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. (4) So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. (5) My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
I don't know why "these" verses but as I type them I get a sense that the Lord wants me to be satisfied in only Him. Maybe half my problem is I leave Facebook with discontent or unhappiness and maybe that is because I am seeking some sort of satisfaction there that I am not getting. And my satisfaction should be in God and ONLY Him. He IS my source, He IS my life, He IS the reason I exist.
So, some thought is required for my future on Facebook. Watch this space for the results. Until then, all remains the same.
I look forward to hearing from you
#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
I believe the Lord is bringing me to a place where I am willing to give social media up for Him. That I will be content with my blog alone and those one or two who respond there as its about Him and not about me, and how many likes, comments, and shares I have. I think He is asking me to choose, and in the choosing He will bless. I know this to be true.