Have you ever hopped on your phone or computer to browse Facebook for “just a few minutes,” only to find yourself getting sucked into mindlessly scrolling through your Feed? Do you ever feel confused, annoyed, or frustrated once you finally snap out of it? For me, this seems to be happening more and more, especially in light of recent goings-on in our country. I almost always end up putting my phone down thinking, “Well there’s 20 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.”
You’d think the issue is the negativity all over Facebook, right?
I wish I could say it were that simple. While yes, there’s no doubt about the fact that Facebook is full of bullies, angry and hurting people, tragic news stories, and sleazy politics, those in and of themselves are not the issue for me.
The issue is what I feel happening to my heart when I see those things. I feel myself getting irritated with people I care about and judging them. I feel myself losing hope for our world. I feel my heart hardening. I start comparing myself to others.
I reflect on these feelings and know that they are not from the Lord nor are they of the Lord. If I am to strive to maintain a pure heart, I need to guard my heart.
As much as I love keeping up with the people I care about, I can’t allow myself to be flooded with all the negativity interwoven throughout the cute pictures, celebrations, and announcements. If I can’t control the unhealthy way I react to the negativity in my Feed, then I need to avoid it altogether. I have no business exposing my heart to it.
I’m not sticking my head in a hole, here. I’m being deliberate about what I surround myself with. If I want my life to be positive and my actions to speak the Lord’s Truth, I need to surround myself with positivity and Truth. It doesn’t mean denying the world around me. It simply means refusing to allow the bad to corrode to good.
Could I go through my friends list and unfollow a bunch of people and leave only the ones that inspire me and speak life? Sure, but that’s far from effective use of my time at this point. So for now, I say farewell to my News Feed. It’s time to surround myself with only good things that fill my life with hope, joy, and peace.