Detoxing From Facebook : A Journey

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85481277-E74C-437D-8562-97B42E0180C9Something piqued my interest the other day while the news was on.  It was talking about Facebook, saying that 43% of Gen-Xers had dropped Facebook.  Generation X or Gen X (ranging from the early-to-mid 1960’s – early 1980’s) is the demographic cohort following the Baby Boomers of which group I’m in.

I started some investigation about this news piece and found some interesting things.  I found some articles that people had written about giving up Facebook and how they are better for it. Better as in, happier, less stressed, less depressed, and more productive with their time. I could relate to all of this.

I too, find that I feel the pressure to update my status, because this is what we all do on Facebook right? We have to keep that up! I find myself checking how many “likes” something gets. I see the “status” of others and think, “WOW!” wish I were there! I look at the beautiful pictures and think, “Man they look terrific!” And even see how many “prayers” someone gets and thinks, “they are really loved!”BA98609A-DEE4-45A3-AB53-F61F48000700When I’ve gotten on Facebook, sometimes I feel like a hamster in a wheel…just spinning and spinning but getting nowhere and really, nothing to show for it. There is NO telling how much time I’ve actually wasted since the years I’ve joined.

Don’t get me wrong, I know Facebook can be a useful tool in encouraging others and yes, even praying for others…if only that’s what it was truly used for.

Right now in my life, I just feel like I need to be more productive with my time, and less stressed.

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Since I’ve not been able to get this notion off my mind, I thought maybe I should also give it a try. Give it a try as in “detoxing” from Facebook for awhile. Going on a journey without Facebook in my life for awhile, journaling as I go.

So, the question is, “Do I put my journey on Facebook?” (Would this be an oxymoron?) I will my first day, but if you wanted to join me on my journey, you could go to my blog and read the struggles (I know they will be real!) and even maybe a few triumphs along the way! (I sure hope so!)

I don’t know if any of you have felt this way, or have even given this a try in your life at some point, I know for myself this is something I need to be doing right now.  I could be, no, I NEED to be more productive in other things in my life! C7BA7C8D-8E4E-4337-A559-5E5A5276627D

Not wanting to sound “preachy” in anyway, and speaking to myself here, if we would read other things besides “statuses” and “updates” we might all be a little smarter for it and especially when it comes to the Bible! I know I’d already be a scholar by now if I had put that much effort in studying God’s word vs Facebook time! (Sad but true.)

Here it goes…

Day 1: I blew it! Yes, I did. I had remembered seeing last night (before going to bed) that someone had answered a question I had asked on Facebook. And, what do I do? Instead of contacting that person by phone, and…after already deleting my Facebook app on my iPhone (so I wouldn’t see it, thus be tempted) I get on Facebook by getting “online” instead of the app! Ugh! I thought I had a good excuse, only to give in to temptation…and after singing yesterday morning with the choir, “Victory Is Mine!” And one of the lines in the song is, “I told Satan, get thee behind!” (I’m just going to have to tell that old devil again and again!) It won’t be easy, but I know I can do this.

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

The Author

Hey there....so glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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