I’m not one who’s going to tell you to avoid Facebook.
I’m pretty active there myself, after all, and I’ve seen firsthand that Facebook can be used as a vehicle for good things.
I’m talking spiritual, eternal, Kingdom-purposed good things.
But as with so many other good things in this world, we do need to exercise caution in our use of Facebook and other social media.
Lately I’ve been considering how my use of Facebook can threaten stewardship of the extremely precious commodity called time.
I’m at Satisfaction Through Christ today, where I share 35 things you and I might choose to do instead of Facebook the next time we find ourselves with a few spare minutes in our day.
Here’s an excerpt:
As much as there is to like about Facebook, and even when we’re using it for Kingdom purposes, it’s important to be careful about how much time we spend there.
Because social media can only be a blessing when it’s used in the context of stewardship.
It’s been my experience that Facebook threatens to compromise stewardship of my time in two primary ways:
- It’s easy to lose track of time. (Or maybe I’m the only one who has hopped on for a quick second, only to gasp with shock after 45 minutes have gone by?)
- It’s easy to make it my “go-to.” I don’t think I would call it an addiction, but it can become tempting to check Facebook during every spare moment of the day – every time I’m waiting in line or feeding the baby or stirring the chili or stalling when I should be writing my next blog post. (Ahem.)
With these things in mind, I’ve come up with a list of productive tasks that have helped to replace Facebook as my “go-to” for every free moment.