A long time doctor friend of mine got married not so long ago. She and her new husband share a Facebook account which many find strange. Today, they jointly posted a blog that explains why they chose to share an account. Although, I really do not feel that it is anyone’s business as to why they opted to do this, I was grateful that they shared. I love things that get me to thinking!
Married couples sharing social media might not appeal to everyone and I get that. Personally, as I write this blog I sit on the fence. Literally, I could go either way.
Lately, I have debated my participation in Facebook at all. There seem to be so many heated political debates going back and forth! It amazes me what people will say on Facebook as they hide behind their keyboard, that given the same opportunity they more than likely would not say in person. I try to limit the amount of negativity that I allow into my space. So much ugliness.
When my husband and I are on long drives together, we tend to have our very best conversations. The other day I was sharing with him how I love connecting with people and staying in touch through Facebook but that I was disturbed that a child had just committed suicide on Facebook Live and that a mother had killed her infant son and then herself after posting the suicide note online. At just the click of a button, you can broadcast anything over Facebook, but should you?
Therein lies the premise of today’s blog. Anything has the potential to be “bad.” It is up to us to look at things with intentionality, open minds, and discerning hearts. When my husband and I got married we vowed to protect our marriage above all. Sometimes that means making choices about things before they become an issue. If you have a loose board in your fence and a dog that goes in the yard, most responsible dog owners would reinforce the fence before their precious furkid made their escape or the coyote got in.
Isn’t it the same with life? Shouldn’t we examine our lives for loose boards and fortify them before something gets in or out that we had not intended. We really must be intentional about how we choose to live our lives. People talk about removing poor food choices from their homes so as not to allow temptation in. Yet when a married couple proactively chooses to share a Facebook account, people question motives. Personally, I applaud the Christian discipline. It is very much like the Billy Graham elevator rule. He once said that he would never ride alone in an elevator with a woman that was not his wife so as not to give way to gossip.
I know in our society today we have become brazen in many ways and stopped caring what other people think about out behavior. We have become desensitized to so many things. I do not think that is a good thing at all.
We should be disciplined at setting personal boundaries and enforcing them. I challenge you to look at your own life for loose boards. Are there any areas that you need to set, re-set, or enforce boundaries? It could be that you are bringing work home and not giving enough of you to your family. Other than you, there is only one other being that can find your loose boards (Satan) in your life and he is on the prowl looking for them. Give him an inch and he will take more than a mile. He will take your whole life. Do not be complacent with loose boards!
Just because something is permissible for us, doesn’t always make it best for us. We have to make hard choices sometimes to live our best life.
For me, I have chosen to limit the amount of time that I spend on Facebook. Ten minutes a day, that’s it. It might be something completely different for you. Food. Lack of exercise. Working too much. Inappropriate comments. Find your loose boards before Satan does.
“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” ~The Song of Solomon 2:15
Until Next Time,