Monday, 11 January 2010

So long old friend

~Cookie Boy Warrior with his 'graduation certificate'. Ha ha~
~Mighty Prince Warrior & Cookie Boy Warrior share a cuddle!~ ~Courageous Boy Warrior and his Preschool Completion Certificate~ ~Leader Boy Warrior and his Grade 1 completion certifiacte~
My King has been showing me so many things in my life. One of the things He has shown me is that He is not my first priority. (ouch!) I am guilty of spending way too much time on a little website (you may have heard of it) called Facebook. While this is an amazing social tool, and in today's busy society, makes 'catching up' with people easier - I found it a real trap.

I found myself 'just checking' Facebook for a minute and before you knew it, That minute turned into 1/2 hour. I'd click on this link, that led to that link and , well, you get the picture. I would do this multiple times a day! So I deactivated my account for a week and went 'cold turkey.'

Thinking this would cure me of my obsession for facebook, I reactivated my account and was fine for about another 10 days, only checking my facebook account every second day, but then I started to fall into the same pattern as before, checking it multiple times a day again. Again I deactivated my account - this time for good.

Although I don't think that Facebook itself is a bad website. For me, it was a trap. It dragged me away from what He had called me to do. Firstly and most importantly - to commune with the One who loves me more than anything - Jesus. Secondly, I was neglecting my family. I wasn't there for them - I was stuck in Facebook Land struggling to get out and that, it is not a good place to be.

So, I have deactivated my account again. This time for good. Was Facebook a convenient way to communicate with friends and family? Yes, absolutely! But my relationship with my King suffered and so did my relationship with my family. I can have 200 gazillion friends on Facebook, but if the Ones I love are being hurt by it - then it's not worth it.

I was reading in His word today what John said in 1 John 2:15-16 (NLT) about this world:

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

The things of this world are not what really matters. The 'friends' on facebook and commenting on people's status do not compare to my relationship with my King, my husband or my children, which are eternal.


Still taking lessons from the King,

4 comments:

  1. I love this post Jo! So open and honest. I love the verses from 1 John. I've had an upset here tonight because of the internet. Nothing major hopefully, but enough to send two people offline and not talking to each other. The internet is NOT a good thing sometimes. Love you! Glad you're back!

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  2. Yea, dear friend, I too can get caught up in the internet world....especially when there are no relational connections where I am. It feels like my only link to the outside world... yet it sucks you in.

    I find it happening to me too...

    I'm glad that I can still find you! You are a treasure to my heart!

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  3. :) I miss you - BUT - I know that God has much greater things in store for you as you turn your heart to him each time you feel the need to step away for a little break. Just thinking about the possibilities makes me giddy for you... and makes me do some serious thinking about me.

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  4. Oh, I hear you Jo :) And while I don't have a family, I was spending way too much time 'connecting' with people, and neglecting my communion time with the Lord. I've had to seriously 're-work' my twitter also. For me Hebrews 12v1 comes to me. "...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus... "

    @julie I hear you on the 'especially when there are no relational connections' around.

    I'm so glad I've found you women :)

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Jo Princess Warrior xo