My life became so beautiful today! Why was this day different from any other? The answer is that I decided to take a REST from Facebook and haven’t been on it for more that 24 hours. To some, this is not considered a great accomplishment as some people have not let Social Media consume them as I did. I have much respect for those who can practice self control in this area.
Today, as my precious husband and I found ourselves at “The Secret Garden”, falling in love all over again I realized that Facebook was interrupting our marriage in subtle ways that intruded on the very faces that mean the most to me. Rather than publicizing our beautiful day on Facebook as I normally would do with an amazing selfie, I chose to tell my husband to his face what a special day today was. We found a chapel, a garden with a terrace, and beautiful music playing in the woods and we were all alone. No faces or facebook in sight. We danced to “Wonderful World” and laughed at our new wedding album we created in the chapel as we stood before each other , focusing on each other, loving each other.. with NO INTERRUPTIONS!!! The best part was that I didn’t feel the pressure of posting this precious and sacred time with my sweet husband as I had done so often in the past. It became personal to just us and made it extra special.
All day I was able to complete my sentences and thoughts without letting a facebook message steal my mind.
I realized that I was looking up all day, not down at my phone and my eyes were opened drastically in my first 24 hours off of Facebook!
It was only yesterday that I decided that I needed a rest from this lovely little apple device that had control over my mind, emotions, eating, feelings, and even interrupted my marriage. The worst part of all was that I came to the realization that my addiction to Facebook became more important than my time with God. I still had my morning time , but the notifications from Facebook would light up as I was spending my quality time with God and I would quickly shift from my Bible to Facebook without giving it a second thought….until last week when I learned about half-obedience to God from a powerful message at church AND during my personal time with God where HE led me to Numbers 20. I had no idea that Moses didn’t get to go into the Promised Land because of his half obedience. I was reminded in this part of the Bible about Idoltry and how the Isrealites would make idols to worship other than the one and only living God. Usually this was a result of unrest in their land, kind of like our Nation right now. It became painfully clear to me that Facebook had become an idol to me.. ironically on a device that has an apple on the back of it with a bite taken out of it!
I have had much more time now to think about how much of my life I have wasted on Social Media and I knew that I had to renew my mind. Prayerfully, I made the necessary change as my mind did not rest with the images, videos, horrible news, hate, violence, gossip that would flood my day.. minute by minute.I would see so many things on Facebook that I don’t need to see or even know about.
Today, God set me free from this addiction and my mind is free to see beautiful things, beautiful people, and a beautiful life.
These were some of the immediate results of not getting on facebook for my first 24 hours:
- I felt free and more expressive
- I was in a very good mood
- My mind explored new territory
- My time with God and in His Word was beyond powerful!
- I looked in my Husbands eyes, not a posted selfie on Facebook and found meaning, love, and purpose.
- I looked UP, not DOWN
- I engaged with more people if they were not looking down in the depths of their phone.
- I was less anxious ( not allowing the news on my feed to choke the truth of God)
- I realized posting details about my life could hurt someone, upset someone, make someone mad or jealous or sensationalize me, not GOD!
- I understood that my posts, mostly very positive , pictures, or scripture were filling a void in my life to be accepted, or sometimes there was even a competitive spirit attached. Although all posts were very genuine, posting can never replace human interaction.
- For me, I would also sometimes attach pride to my posts and God revealed to me that he wants me to SHOW His children love, not post about it.
- God wants me to SERVE others, not “like” the people and posts about serving.
- God wants me to SPEAK and TEACH His word, not form it in a delicate statement that will “offend”, or “NOT offend ” someone.
- God wants me to know TRUTH; not decipher a breaking news story, or gossip, lies, filth,
- I smiled, a lot!
Today I looked UP and not DOWN and I FELT God’s love, my husband’s love, and even the love in my dog’s eyes, I looked deep into a friends eyes as she shared dinner with us…..a feeling that I remember from so many years ago, before Facebook existed…WONDERFUL!
For the record: I am not bashing Facebook or its users, my account is still ” active’ as there are some amazing things that technology have brought us! I have re-connected with many beautiful people that I haven’t seen in years, and would have never seen again without Facebook. I have also been blessed with some amazing online Bible Studies and devotions. For me , I was letting it replace my life, constantly and was most definitely LESS than Wonderful!
I can REST in not having to know about everything minute by minute!
Renewing my mind about
Looking UP, NOW I see!
Besides, I already know how it is all going to end because my Father in Heaven provided something far richer, 100% true, with answers for everything, and its even a spiritual weapon:
HIS BEAUTIFUL WORD!!!
This is where I find my hope, peace, joy and love!
Even as I sit on my back porch writing this blog, a man drove through the graveyard that overlooks my yard and I was looking UP, my husband and I smiled and waved to him. He stopped his car and got out to thank us for waving to him… he cried… he was a man hurting and God used us to touch him.. again , I was looking UP.
I would encourage you to do the same… keep looking UP so you don’t miss any of the beauty God has to show you!
Apple in Eden……………………Apple in Iphone
Eve bit the Apple…………… Apple logo has a bite taken out of it
Tree of knowledge………. Internet
Satan uses knowledge to lure Eve………… We now have knowledge at our fingertips.
In the Old Testament, the people followed a cloud that was God moving among them and guiding them…..today we have an icloud that follows us .
Final note: My husband has told me several times over the last 24 hours how pretty I looked… coincidence? Nope… I don’t have that numb, inexpressive, Facebook Zombie appearance. It has melted into smiling even more than I already do!
I’m sure I will be back on Facebook one day, but not until my mind is renewed and strong enough to not let it master me……………………So far, I don’t really miss it as much as I though it would!
May you REST in God’s love tonight!
Ephesians 4:20 -22 says : But that is not the way you learned Christ!-assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and to put on “the new self”, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”