Lately I’ve been staring at my computer screen way too much. My top sites? Facebook, Netflix, my blog and email. As I stare at the screen I lose a lot of my life: family, time, and my ability to handle situations well. Not only that but I seem to be doing the one thing the ten commandments says not to do: covet my neighbor’s life. And since the goal is to be content with what God has given me, Facebook seems at times an unnecessary evil.
For example, one day I was scrolling through Facebook and found pictures of a bunch of women from my church having a great time eating out. I would have wanted to be there but wasn’t asked. If I didn’t know about it, I wouldn’t have been upset. I know deep down I can’t pay for going out at this point, but I was envious.
The green eyed monster is not very becoming.
Another friend of mine goes with her family to lots of different places. Usually during the summer they do things at least once a month. My family? We have never gone on a family vacation in the 12 years my husband and I have been together. We have a hard time trying to go on a date, let alone a family vacation, though we are working on it…We are hoping to start riding bicycles at some point, but it is hard to do that with a little one…but we are still going to try!
But it doesn’t take long, after seeing the “great” things other people do to fight the desire of, at times, fighting what I can’t have. I become this horrible, discontented woman.
But I need to remind myself that no one has a better life. And it really isn’t anyone’s fault but my own. Life is what I make it. Sop I need an attitude adjustment.
It’s not just Facebook that has a hold, but Netflix! I can’t tell you how much my kids and I have watched it within the last month. It does not help our creativity, our minds, or anything. It becomes an addiction. We lose pieces of ourselves and our family as we put all our time into those movies. (I am not saying to totally cut off movies, but it’s when you start to overdue, it can become an issue.)
So is it time to pull the plug for my family? I really think so. Though it is hard because of how, with Facebook, I connect to people ourside, I am going to have to relearn how to call and get together with people in real life like the “good ol’ days.” Which doesn’t sound half bad in my opinion and I already started doing that.
Why would I gain the whole world and forfeit my soul?
And just so you know, I am not the only one who feels it is time to unplug. I have family, church family, friends and neighbors who are saying the same thing. The ones who are doing it are seeing great results.
I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul. Lord, if you want to steal my show…
These two songs popped into my head.
Have you felt God asking you to unplug?
Be inspired today!