I suppose when any element of your life is causing stress, angst or certainly unrest, you should try to re-group, re-evaluate or remove it from your life – if that is an option. Facebook has, apparently, been that to some. But, in these moments of deep reflection prompted by recent events in friends’ lives, I would like to say “Thank You!” to Facebook for allowing me to share in the joys and heartaches of people I know and love. Maybe College Ministry provokes a love and appreciation for the status updates, pictures and group messages. But, anyway, just wanted to share a little bit of my thanks.
Thank you for giving me a venue to:
* Know a young man is having surgery at this very moment so I can fast & pray for him.
* Hear about another young friend whose mom just died, so I can write her and tell her I love her and am so sorry she lost her mom.
* See when babies are born, and what they look like and how they are loved on and cared for by so many people. It restores hope and joy to this heart of mine.
* Watch love bloom between a guy and a girl and see their AMAZING moment of proposal and acceptance and remember when I met them while they were in college and didn’t even like each other. 🙂
* See pictures of beautiful weddings that show so much creativity and sacrifice by those who want that day to be the best day ever. And those smiles….priceless!
* Celebrate when friends of mine, or their children or their grandchildren get saved and baptized! I love the pictures AND the videos.
* Cheer right here in my chair for those who are displaying talents and skills and achieving goals that they had set for themselves. And even if they didn’t win, make it, get in or even come close – I loved watching them try to do something that was extraordinary.
* Keep up with all of my immediate family and extended family. I love them so much and I feel like it hasn’t been so long since I saw them, even though it has been a very long time and some of them live a very long way from me.
* Hear how God is at work in peoples lives and read their posts that have scriptures that are encouraging and correcting and even rebuking. But, that’s what God says His word will do.
* Be aware when someone needs encouragement or help or food brought to them or a ride somewhere. Though, I have dropped the ball so many times in meeting those needs when I could have – how nice that someone met those needs. Hope to be like them when I grow up.
* Laugh out Loud when friends post funny conversations, videos of mishaps and mess ups and just feel a full face smile when they have “Throw Back Thursday” pictures, even when I have no idea who the other people are. I know one person – and that makes it really fun.
There are so many other reasons that I enjoy Facebook – as cheesy as it sounds – but, I will just enjoy these reasons for a little while. Because, clearly, I am a creeper.