Facebook has certainly come to define social networking, as modern culture embraces online relationship building. I’ve benefitted from reconnecting with friends and family, including those whom I haven’t spoken to in several years. But with this new avenue of social connection has also come a creeping problem. The influx of relational information is feeding a personal sin that I’ve spoken of before: my big, fat PRIDE. I don’t blame facebook. My own heart is responsible.

The nagging thought that I ought to unplug myself from this social marvel was implanted several months ago as I realized my mood would often change after perusing the current headlines. Five minutes of “just baked fresh bread”, “wonderful day of knitting and shopping” and stunning photos of puppies and kitties and beautiful families sends my prideful heart into overdrive. Pretty silly, huh? I should be happy for these “friends”, not jealous. And really, that’s what I succumb to: jealousy. Then that jealousy morphs into a prideful destruction of the micro-status in my own heart. “Knitting and shopping? Abandoning her children again?” And wretchedly, “Those photos were taken at family X’s house. I can’t believe they hang out with family X so much. X’s kids are horrible!”

And so, I have resigned myself to finally unplug from facebook, though I’ll miss the connections and easy communication. Because it is easier to cut off facebook than to cut out my own heart (Mark 9:43). I thank God for the work he is doing in me, and how he has revealed his character and nature to me through prayer and study. I pray that he would soften this sin in me that rears its ugly head so often. I’m afraid I will battle this ailment until the day I die. God please help me! I am hopeful that through daily meditation on the Gospel He will steadily fight this war and subdue this disgusting sin.

Adios facebook!