Putting Facebook in Its Proper Place

Devotionals from Leslie Ludy and the Set Apart Girl Team

Putting Facebook in Its Proper Place

by Leslie Ludy | April 2, 2012

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

– Philippians 4:8 NASB

Facebook itself is not an evil thing. But if it is not put in its proper place, it can quickly become an unhealthy addiction in your life – robbing precious time, distracting you from Christ, and putting your mind on the things of this world.

The biggest danger of Facebook is how quickly it can eat away your time. You sit down at your laptop to send a quick message, and then three hours later you are still lost within the endless network of cyber-socializing. And what were you doing in those three hours? If you are honest, you may find that very little of it had any eternal value whatsoever. Those were three hours that could have been used for far better things, such as prayer, studying God’s Word, journaling His work in your life, or serving someone in need. But there is no room for those edifying activities when our best hours are spent on meaningless, trivial things.

The fact that Facebook may have a few redeeming qualities doesn’t warrant allowing it to take up all our time. Remember – it’s not our time anyway, but God’s. And if Jesus wouldn’t spend His time cyber-socializing, why should we?

If time on Facebook has become an unhealthy addiction in your life (meaning you can’t imagine letting it go), prayerfully ask God for the grace to walk away, at least for a season, until He truly has first place in your heart and your best hours are being spent on Him. Recruit an accountability partner if necessary. Remember, nothing is worth jeopardizing your relationship with the Lord who died to save You, and no offering is too extreme when laid at His feet out of a heart of love and devotion to Him!

Here are some practical ways to keep Facebook in its proper place:

Use Facebook sparingly. Check your account only once a week and spend just 30-45 minutes on the network. Have a timer set so that you don’t go over the allotted time; or better yet, an accountability partner who will sit there with you, and remind you to stick to your commitment. Sure, you might miss out on some of the buzz, but your time will be given to things that are God’s heart, not merely the latest gossip or interesting news.

Be watchful of what you read and post on Facebook. Ridiculous quizzes about which Hollywood celebrity you would like to be, discussions about the latest Twilight movie or book, or gossipy banter about “hot guys” will not edify your spirit, but will pull you into the things of the world. Make it your goal that everything you read or post on Facebook will bring glory to Jesus Christ – and if it doesn’t, leave it alone.

Don’t make your Facebook page an “all about me” extravaganza. Rather, use stories and testimonies about what God has done in your life to encourage others. Post Scriptures that have changed your life, or stories about great Christians who have inspired you. Encourage others to pray for the lost or for those in great need around the world, such as orphans.

When it doubt, leave it alone! Believe it or not, Facebook is something you can live without. I have yet to use the site even once, and I honestly think my life is better for it. It frees up my time for the things that really matter: investing in my marriage and children, cultivating my relationship with Jesus Christ, and ministering to the needs of others. Often the things that we think we can’t live without are the very things that are holding us back from living the life to which God has called us.*