The first “friend” I thought I made online I looked forward to connecting with each day, because I thought she was my friend.
Wrong! She was here one day ad gone forever the next.
That shocked me, because I thought I had made a real friend, but I didn’t have a phone number, address, or nothing. Gone!
What are we connecting with? Imaginary friendships that we draw “Facebook likes” from.
We don’t know these people from Adam, and we are reaping affirmations from them either building up our egos from and even pride. This is dangerous!
What is our intent with social media?
Is it a distraction from the One we say we love, who longs to connect with us, but we are too busy scrolling looking for something or someone to lift us up for the moment?
Like the little reels on Facebook… they can be addicting, and they are meant to be by the enemy.
And then you have the on-line games that truly can be a major distraction and escape from reality like City Ville?
Boy, did I fall into that trap long ago, and Candy Crush! How can we fall into these traps of addiction so easily?
How often do we pick up our phone looking for yes, a high… something to lift us up just like junk food, sugar, television, etc.?
I’ve seen couples parked at the park, both on their phones, when they could be walking and enjoying each other and nature!
I’ve seen this in restaurants, where everyone at the table is on their phone and one is left sitting alone! So sad!
So much God gave outside of technology that we allow to become unappreciated because of all the distractions from the enemy.
This is the time and the hour to cast down all the distractions and connect with the One Who loves us.
Facebook is good to connect with those you truly know to share experiences, family pics, etc., because this isn’t taking the place of a real relationship. It is only enhancing it.
Some use Facebook to escape from having real relationship, because it temporarily fills the needs for having some connection with others.
Like with me, I’ve been isolated so long caring for Levi that I am not comfortable with one-on-one relationships.
I’m not saying it all is bad, but it can be. Those who use Facebook to minister to one another can really bless each other standing in agreement and praying encouraging each other, but even that can be bad for some who use it as a platform to be lifted with spiritual pride.
We must watch our motives and not compete and become jealous.
We must be real and honest with ourselves and watch the motives of our heart.
We must commit everything to God, and ask Him to burn up by the fire of His Love, all that is not of Him in our life.
We need to connect with the One Who loves us and wants to commune with us and cast down vain imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, (2 Corinthians 10:5).
And then we have “selfies” and that can become another “ouch” if we truly look at what we are doing!
I have never taken so many pictures of myself before I got a cell phone. I hated to take my picture!
I know one thing — that when you walk with The LORD, and He sets you free — your countenance changes.
I’ve noticed that when I take my picture and am amazed when I look good! I give God all the glory, but at the same time, I post more pictures of me alone, than with me and others, because I don’t do a lot with others.
How is all this for transparency?
God wants us to take an honest look at our lives and allow Him to change what is not like Him.
Every day is a new beginning to yield and be more like Him.
~ Yolanda Ballard
Yolanda Ballard of At The Father’s Feet website, shares with you, the body of Christ, the words she’s received quietly sitting at The Father’s feet. I believe Jesus set the example for us to follow. Whenever He could He would come apart from the busyness of the world so that He could quiet Himself before The Father, for that is where He received direction and strength to carry out His will.