Daily Devotional for October 14, 2021

Last week, Facebook went down for the day.  Breana, our twelve-year-old Children’s Program Director, told me it was one of the worst days of her life.  She found herself continually reaching for her phone only to realize Facebook wasn’t there.  She said, “I about died.”

When I asked Emma, our 11-year-old youth intern, how Facebook’s absence impacted her, she said, she checked her phone at least ten times in two hours.

When Facebook went down, Shannon told me she had a great day and Facebook should go down more often.

 Me?  I didn’t really notice Facebook went down.  But this got me thinking.

Part of this may be a generational thing but if Facebook evaporated forever, I don’t think I’d be phased one bit.  And while I use it as a tool to spread Daily Devotionals far and wide, I am not very attached.

I don’t really care what someone’s supper looks like.  I am not concerned when someone checks in from Walmart or the bowling alley.  I don’t like people who troll. (The children on our staff explained to me what trolling is.)  I am not interested in looking at someone’s Duck Face.  (The children on our staff explained to me what a Duck Face is.)  I am also not terribly interested in someone expressing their political views at the expense of others.

So, what good is Facebook?

It allows me to see pictures of grandchildren, members of our church on vacation, and our church youth doing wild and crazy things.

It has also allowed me to become a member of different Facebook groups:  International Harvester trucks and parts, Round-Body Travelettes and Travelalls only (’57-’68), Texas Pickup Buy/Sell/Trade,67-72 Chevy 4X4s Only, Internationals SCOUT/TRUCK Fans and All IH, Old Vintage Vehicles, Vintage Car & More, Internationals Scout Owners, Vintage Willys Jeeps Marketplace, FORD F100 World, Antique Truck Projects, International Pickups 50-53, Willys CK3A Jeep….

Looking at the numerous groups I belong to on Facebook made me realize I am a lot more attached than I originally thought.  It seems like I have a thing for old trucks and anything International Harvester.  I didn’t know this.

This was the moment I had my, “There but for the grace of God goes I,” moment.  I realized I cannot make fun of the children on our church staff because, without realizing it, I too, have become a Facebook fan.

Jesus addressed my type of hypocritical thinking by saying, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”  (Matthew 7:3)

As the old saying goes, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I am tempted to judge others, open my eyes to the truth.  Help me be a person of grace and joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

So much for getting on my high horse and criticizing Facebook users.  I am one.

I don’t use WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok, Telegram, or Snapchat so it’s okay for me to say there is something wrong with the people that do.  They are just weird. 

I am a work in progress.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins