5 years ago I was introduced to this so called innocent online source for social activity with friends and family; that gave you access to upload daily photos and status updates…you may be familiar with it; Facebook….. I will have to say Facebook has been one of my key sources for booking weddings and sessions. But, it has also creeped into my life as a “filler”, and this filler is a waste of precious time, time that we tell everyone we do not have enough of, but as many times as we check whats going on in others lives, and obsessing over getting up the latest photo of our children (guilty right here), I am taking a stand to the conviction within and what I felt like God telling me to do a long time ago.
Today God came at me at a different angle…”deep down, why do you feel the need to upload pictures everyday to Facebook and Instagram for everyone see?” Honestly, when I felt the Lord asking me that question a few thoughts came to mind.
- Do I idolize my children? And does everyone really need to know the everyday activities that go on in my home?
- Have I ever thought about when Abigail/Jaden (my children) are older and can comprehend what Facebook really is and them lose complete trust in me because I have been showing the world what they do everyday?
- Am I truly protecting my children?
- There needs to be a line drawn between my business and personal life, and the choice I feel convicted to make is to keep Facebook solely for business.
Too often Justin(my husband) and I get told our lives look so perfect, and its all because of the pictures these people see on Facebook. I do not want to take responsibility of making one covet something that may not even be true. Justin and I would be the first to admit we do not live some glamorous life and have it all together. We will admit that we are sinners that are saved by grace and strive to live a life that glorifies God, but it is not an easy task. Facebook is known for causing depression in peoples lives because they look online and see what everybody else is doing, what everybody else has, and what everybody else looks like and compares what they do not have. God knew this would be a battle for all humankind and that is why it is one of The Ten Commandments…”you shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17
I felt the need to share my heart on my decision and the Lords leading for my life. I will still be using Facebook for my business, but no longer will be using it to showcase my everyday happenings in my life. I hope I did not offend anyone, but if I chose to not do this I would be walking in disobedience.
Saved by Grace,