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.