Weird, I know, because I was (and still slightly am) so anti-facebook. I decided early last year to step away from facebook. I was so beyond sick and tired of the negativity of people, the way people would attack each other from behind the comfort of their computers, and just the overall obsession that had/has been created with facebook. For example, I heard many times from different people, "He/She deleted me off of facebook?! OMG!"
If you are or were this type of person and made these types of comments, don't go and get your panties in a wad just yet and start attacking me from behind the comfort of your computer. I was just as guilty as the next guy when it came to thinking, "What the heck?! Why did you delete me?!" Honestly, it's sad the way we have allowed our relationships to be determined by the simple click of a button.
**Yes, I know you can "hide" or "block" things. I would be blocking a lot of things in this case.
So you're probably assuming I've lost my ever-loving marbles at this point for even considering jumping back into facebook. Allow me to humor ya'll a bit...
It all started when I began having thoughts of forming a women's ministry. I'll have another post on this next week because it's entirely too much to talk about in this short paragraph. SO, I've been working on details and ideas for a women's ministry group and I realized that the easiest way for me to contact several women with this idea + setting up the details was probably going to be best done on a social media platform, such as facebook.
My instant thought was, "Nope. Not going back into that hell-hole again." I'm mature, I know (sarcasm for those who don't get it).
As I was contemplating on what to do, I was also talking to a friend of mine about meeting up for dinner one night. I passed my idea along to her because she is somebody whose opinion I value greatly simply because she has a heart for God. She immediately sent me an article she had read about women's ministry and encouraged me to use facebook. At first, I was hesitant. I bucked the idea and just kept saying, nope. Finally, she said something that really made me stop in my tracks and think. She said that I could use facebook as a platform for good. In fact, her exact words were,
"Remember... most things can be used for good!!"
Right you are my friend. Right you are. And honestly, this concept can be applied to anything.
So I have turned over a new leaf and I am using facebook as a positive platform for not only the Gospel, but just life in general. I want it to serve as a place of encouragement, accountability, and relational means to people. Yes, I have cleaned out my "friends" list a little bit because sometimes we don't need to see curse words constantly displayed across our own feeds. Ya'll are more than welcome to check out both the blog's facebook page and my personal page, and I'm also going to encourage ya'll to join me in this brigade for positive attitudes in the social media realm. I'm not talking just facebook; I'm talking all social medias.
I guess after all is said and done, never say never, and never underestimate the power of the Gospel.