A few months ago, I quit Facebook.
This has not changed the shape of anyone’s world, I know, but I’ve had some people ask why so I thought I would try to explain it here. My husband thought I should post some last status of sorts, letting folks know I was deactivating my account, but I always feel like that just attracts more attention than it needs to. So I shut it down.
Personally, I had been going through a rough season. And where Facebook used to be a fun distraction, it became something else. I am a super sensitive person. I know this. And the 2016 political season had been rough. So many people I love sharing their views and hurling them at each other like grenades. So many issues I was passionate about, and article sharing was over the top. The end of 2016 into 2017 put a finer point on the discomfort I had been feeling for some time…true community was not ever going to be found online, and true discussions are best had face-to-face.
So I did what I had been encouraging others to do-I logged off to lean in. It’s been a welcome change. I’m sure I’m missing out on some things, but guess what … I’ll never know! I’m enjoying not seeing someone for the article they’ve posted but for the person they are, created in the image of God. A little bit of mystery is good, you know? I don’t need to know everyone’s home renovation schedule or their family strife or their political viewpoint. If I do know that about anyone, I want it to be someone I can sit with and talk with and really listen to.
Clearly this is not for everyone, but it was a step I knew God was urging me to take. I’m so glad I listened.