I love my Facebook! It is a wonderful tool to promote my business. It is a great distraction when I am waiting for the Northern Lights to come out. It is a wonderful way to keep up with all of the people I have met throughout my life. It is not, however the best way to have a great relationship with someone you desire to be closer than anyone else. Let me explain...
I have a couple of hundred Facebook friends. About half of those are my daughter's friends because that is part of the deal of her having a social network account. ( if her friends don't want to be my friend, so I can check up on all of them, they are up to something.) I check on those "friends" every so often, but don't usually communicate with most of them. I just kind of make sure they are not influencing my DD to do anything we find unacceptable, then move onto the next. Most of them would not even rate acquaintance.
The next group I communicate with a bit more. These are people I am actually acquainted with via a common group or friend. I have met most, communicated with all, but still don't really pay much attention to all their status updates.
For the people I consider "friends," I have each and every status update sent to my newsfeed. I read as many as I can, comment and like, and sometimes even "share" their updates with others. These people are still not in the "inner circle," but they have potential to be. I love them, but don't make an effort to really spend time communicating with them.
Then there are my close friends. I have regretfully neglected two of the more important ladies in this category a lot lately, but they know they are super important to me, so I continue to abuse them. Other than my husband and daughter, (ok, the grandparents, too...) they are the only people I would be willing to drop everything to be with them to help them through anything! When I am not taking them for granted we have very intimate conversations, outside of the social networks. I actually prefer our face to face conversations the most. I miss seeing them, talking with them, learning from them, praying with them, and sharing my most intimate feelings with them. They love me for the quirky lady I am, even when I am neglecting them.
Isn't that what our relationship with God is like sometimes?
There are times in our lives when we treat Him like He is someone else's friend, hardly worth checking on the status. Other times, we communicate a little, if it interests us. And yet other times we desire the intimate friendship we once had, but just can't seem to make the time to talk face to face. We are treating God like our Facebook friends, and He is so much more than that.
God desires a relationship with each and every one of us. He wants us to desire Him so much that we not only read, like, and comment, but stop to talk with Him one-on-one, off-line,in person. He waits for us to put Him first, but we all tend to passively ignore his PM's that ask us to call.
I have been very guilty of this as of late, but I am still working on our relationship. He has not given up on us, yet, so neither will I!
Can you relate?
Let me know what you think!