so, once again i decided that it may be time to take a sabbatical from fb and CPF. i started on ash wednesday (march 9th). it abruptly ended 2 days later.
the reason for this sabbatical was to spend more time with God.
it wasn't to get more housework done...because i always get that done. no problem.
it wasn't to get more time to myself...because i really get more than enough of that, now that all 3 boys are in school all day.
it wasn't to spend more time with friends...because, well i don't think i want to get into that one just yet.
it was to get back in touch with my God.
2 yrs ago, i set out on a journey to read through the Bible. not just to get through it (once!), but to read it, and try to get something out of it. to get to know God's character, His true nature, and what that means for me and to me.
i am still struggling with finishing. it's not that i don't want to, but the computer steals my attention...and before i know it, i've spent an hour on fb or other sites that i frequent.
i really need to put God first in my life. but does that mean i need to give up everything else? i don't think so...at least i haven't had any clear "order" to do so.
i don't want to give up on fb altogether...it really has a place. i keep in touch with my siblings, my aunts and uncles, my cousins, and of course my friends...both near and far.
i enjoy hearing about their days and looking at their pictures. and no, i am not a voyer. i truly have an interest in my family's and friends' lives, and want to be a part of it...even if it's only virtual. hey, if they didn't want anyone to read about their lives, or see their pictures, they wouldn't be on fb!
i enjoy reaching out when someone is in need, and places a request on fb--wether that be a prayer or a physical need.
i enjoy sharing my day and photos of my family to my loved ones.
i know it's not a replacement for real-life physical, face-to-face contact...but it beats nothing at all (which is what i would have if not for fb).
so my conclusion for my dilemma is to decrease actual time spent on fb, but not giving it up altogether.
because the reality is, that we all need to reach out, we all need encouragement, we all need some sort of contact with the outside world...and if fb fulfills a little bit of that, then so be it.
i am happy with my decision...for now.