Sunday, May 20, 2012

Facebookless in a Facebook World

The other day a new reality came into play for me. I no longer have a Facebook account.
Let me start by saying this was not my decision...initially. It was made for me by Facebook. As I tried to login I was greeted with a message and subsequent email that stated I am no longer "eligible" to use Facebook and that my profile has been disabled. I have no idea why or how this happened and am almost 100% sure this was done in error. But after several emails to Facebook with no response I have came to the conclusion they don't seem care.

Yes...I will admit I was a little bummed and actually said to myself "what am I going to do now with out Facebook?!"

BUT...I have came to the refreshing conclusion that I don't need Facebook. What I am choosing to do now is to focus on and improve my real face to face interpersonal relationships with others. It's so easy to lose the intimacy of authentic friendships when u have the buffer of the internet and Facebook between you.
My hope is to take this oportunity to be intentional in my relationships with others by showing compassion for their lives and care for their well being. I want to show people that I truly care about them and have compassion for them no matter what. I want to be present, real and authentic in my relationships.
Focusing on authentic relationships is what living a life of compassion is all about. It is what unconditional love is built upon. Love with out conditions. Yes...I just threw the love word out there. I am not afraid of what you may think because that is who I am and how I live my life. As someone who has a faith and hope in Jesus Christ, living a life of compassion and unconditional love is my desire and whom I'm called to be.

I am tired of just coasting by and living selfishly for myself. I desire to be used by God for something bigger. So thank you Facebook for re-opening my eyes to the simple fact that real face to face relationships matter. In fact I am probably better off with out Facebook. I am can now focus on being real, intentional, present and authentic in my relationships. I don't have to worry about presenting an image on a profile or a post that may not reflect the true me. God created me to be honest and humble and now it is my job to live that in the most authentic manner I can. It is my prayer that unconditional love, honesty, integrity and humility are the root and basis of who I am. I hope that others see those qualities in me and desire to live there lives that way as well.


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  2. Thanks for sharing - I too saw that you no longer had a Facebook account and wondered what happened...seems odd that they would kick a user out without motive.