Now let me share with you what I don't like about Facebook. I don't like the foulness that comes from many people. I don't like the judgement I often feel from others when I share my opinion. It hurts my heart when I hear such negativity. I hate that I allow myself to be so consumed with it. I have a difficult time staying silent sometimes. And, I despise that I have allowed it to take so much of my time.
I've often thought about walking completely away, but then I remember why I love it so. I realize there is a need for boundaries. I've recently read so many hurtful posts and I've allowed it to affect me negatively. Yesterday as I was laid up in bed sick, I spent a considerable amount of time on FB. There were so many things I wanted to say, but had a hard time deciding what was most appropriate. With the presidential elections coming up, I have incredibly strong opinions about things and I may have an even more difficult time restraining myself. I don't want to ever hurt my witness by making the wrong choices or saying the wrong thing.
As I went to bed last night, God clearly spoke that it was time to take a break. My time needs to be used in a more effective way - one being making more time for Him. He reaffirmed that need for me this morning when I opened up my devotional to today's date. It read: "Watch your words diligently. Words have such great power to bless or to wound. When you speak carelessly or negatively, you damage others as well as yourself. This ability to verbalize is an awesome privilege, granted only to those created in My Image. You need help in wielding this mighty power responsibly." The scripture references were Proverbs 12:18, James 1:19, Ephesians 4:29
For this reason, I will be taking an extended break from Facebook. Not gonna lie - it will be difficult to stay away. I love reading the daily status updates and posts from friends. I hope to hear from you guys while I'm away!