Saturday, September 26, 2015

Who (or what) are you devoted to?

A comment was made by someone yesterday that struck a chord with me -- "People check Facebook several times a day."  The more the day went on, the more I thought about that.  How often am I on Facebook?  Luckily for me, I can honestly say -- not much.  Yes, I do check it in the morning and later in the day.  But to say I am constantly checking it???  No, not so much.  But what if I did?  Why would I want to do that?  What if it's not Facebook, but it's something else?  What is your crutch or your habit, if you will, during the day? 

The more I thought about it, the more I started adding up the math.  Let's say my "habit" is Facebook.  Let's say I check it in the morning - read through all the notifications and posts -- maybe 10 minutes??

Now, I'll check again at lunch -- another 10 minutes?  (Unless there are cute baby pictures, then we know that time grows by an incredible amount!)

And now before bedtime -- another 10 minutes. 

By the end of the day, 30 minutes of my day is gone -- never to be given to me again.  What have I accomplished?  I have probably been disgusted by something posted.  I have been made to cry and laugh, probably even posted something myself that I thought the entire world needed to know.   Was it worth it?  Did it benefit me?  Did it benefit anybody else?

And before you quit reading this -- I'm not bashing Facebook.  I like it.  I keep up with family and friends.  I even actually use it at my job.  It's not a bad thing.  Dr. Pepper is not a "bad" thing -- but if I drink 8 a day???? Now, it's bad.  It's moderation.  It's keeping it in perspective -- whatever your "habit" is. 

So what could I have accomplished with that 30 minutes?  I could have called (not texted!) an elderly person in our church.  I could have whipped up some egg salad to take to a person who is sick.  If my parents were still here, I could have sit down and visited with them.  I could have read my bible.  I could have prayed. 

So will I check Facebook tomorrow?  Probably so, at some point in the day.  But I hope that I change my bad "habits" to good "habits" and, hopefully, make a difference in someone's life.