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Facebook has been a blessing for so many. It has helped so many develop friendships, connecting long distant families and helps people to find various support groups. However, Facebook has also been used as a tool to help destroy marriage vows, become a huge distraction from those inside our homes and has caused us to become defensive of our own beliefs in a way that previous generations have never had to deal with.
What we really need to ask ourselves though is if Facebook is helping to damage the Christian home and our Christian testimony?
Facebook can be an amazing thing. It allows us to contact those who we don’t get to see often, it can provide a community with issues that we find near and dear and it can even be a place of encouragement. However, Facebook can also cause us to separate ourselves from those who are living in our homes, fill our minds with negativeness that is un-needed and can suck away our time. It stands to reason that it is possible that all the negative surrounding Facebook just may outweigh the good of Facebook. The great news is that we as Christians can use Facebook in a way that is a blessing to our homes and to God.
Tips on Using Facebook in a Christ Honoring Manner:
- Guard your heart: Facebook can either be a placing to your or a hindrance. It can not be both. Sometimes we need to remind of ourselves of this. Exspecially when you walk away from Facebook feeling annoyed and frustrated. We need to weed out pages that do not bring us joy or cause us to focus on Christ. In doing so we will be guarding our hearts.
- Watch who you strive to connect with on Facebook: Facebook makes it easy to meet new people. Frankly, that is one of my favorite aspects of Facebook. I have met many amazing Christian women and found my 3 best friends from Facebook interactions. However, as I tell my children often you are who you hang around. If you are surrounding yourself with negative people, those who bash Christianity, or who constantly make you feel as though you need to defend your Christian lifestyle it may be time to distance yourself from that person. (This goes with those relationships we have in real life as well)
- Strive to be a light yourself: When you post on Facebook, strive to be uplifting. Post things that will make others happy, provide encouragement, give helpful tips and steer others to the Lord. When we do this we ourselves can be a ministry to those who see things on our pages and our walls that can be a turning point in their day.
- Set a timer and shut it down: To keep Facebook from causing you to lose hours in your days set a timer. As a website owner and a virtual assistant to other website owners, I have learned that timers help to keep me balanced between my online life and our at home lives. If you must, remove Facebook from easy access! Don’t let Facebook connect you to those around the world and yet alienate you from those in your home.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?