Thanks to social networking, I have been able to re-discover people I haven't seen or heard from in years. I wondered about them, if they were alive and well, if they were still in the area, how many children they had, etc. I am grateful to have social networking. If you're like me, there are people I have totally forgotten about, that I have become re-aquainted with. That's priceless! There are many benefits in having this technology, along with search engines that can put the sum of knowledge in front of you with a press of a button.
With this huge explosion of data, there are some downsides as well. Criminals are into technology too. They find new creative ways to ruin lives through identity theft, preying on people through emails, send this to 10 friends and back to the person who sent it. Many of these are religious in nature stating, if you are not ashamed of God, send this to everyone you know, or, send this out and wait 10 minutes, you'll receive a miracle, I did. I think the miracle is that these nuts can get into your personal info in 10 mins and miraculously wipe you out if they find ways in to your PC. May God reward them by their works.
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, He watches all his paths.
His own iniquities will capture the wicked, and he will be hels with the cords of sin.
For he will die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly will he go astray.
Hopefully, these devourers do not ruin lives before they are caught and jailed.
There are both wonderful things, and not-so-wonderful things about the social network. Something I have discovered about myself is, I can become so wrapped reading everyone elses comments and viewing their pics, that I lose sight of my obligations, or forget priorities. Early on, when I first joined Facebook, I became entranced by farmtown, and I must tell you, I became quite wealthy in cyberspace. I had a great spread, animals, an an obsession bigger than the farm. I couldn't wait to get home from work and play. Then, I started getting invitations to all kinds of games and adventures. I even may miss a recovery meeting from the obsession.
I know that had I not stopped that I would have had to find a 12 step program for that addiction as well. Anyhow, I am aware that I can become so entranced by the social networks many offers, until I am a "social nutcase," and spending all free time on me...just like the drinking days. I have discovered the name for this sin, greed. That is not greed as we define greed for more material things. It's greed for time to spend on self-indulging pleasures, not to use my free time to focus on God's plan for my life, serving others. So for me, my time on earth is passing by at light speed and I want to use it wisely, which means, less time "nutworking."
I am grateful for all of you who read these blogs regularly. I'm also grateful for all of you who have befriended me on FB. I regret to inform you that I cannot approve requests to join games, but I do appreciate the kind request. I really thank FB, (now I'm working on Twitter, and Christian like me) for helping me re-aquaint myself with so many lost-to-the-ages friends and loved ones, but in all of the joy of re-discovery, I must limit the time I spend in my elation. And...for my top 50 regular readers, I want to give $10,000. Of course, in Farmtown bucks.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith.
Also, for those interested, my book has finally gotten through the editing, and conceptual editing, and now moving to layout and cover design. They have informed me that this process may take up to 3 months...Oh brother, I thought we would be in print before now. Anyhow, I covet your prayers. I'm praying God for favor to speed the process.