For the last three years, I have blogged about Busy Nothings. I don't know if I will continue in 2013 - but that's one of the things that I'll be considering as I unplug for the Christmas holiday. I don't say that to elicit comments, but more as a means of leaving the door open for something new in the future.
This Friday, I pull the plug on my social media work for clients, and I don't return until January 2nd. I'll be honest, after the last few weeks of bad news, I'm quite looking forward to taking a break from social media.
As I shared on Friday, the last few weeks have been full of emotion. In our personal circle of acquaintances, one woman has buried her husband, and another is making plans to do so in the not-too-distant future. One look at the news is enough to see more than I want to of the evilness of mankind, and the depravity of society as a whole.
I'm tired of political correctness, of the mass hysteria about gun control, of the insensitive people who continued to self-promote while the other half of this country wept over their computer keyboards. I'm tired of trying to squeeze my faith into 140 characters.
I'm giving up on self-promoting a book that isn't selling, a blog that isn't growing, and an idea that may or may not take off. You see, what the last few weeks have brought into focus for me is that where people spend eternity matters. Social media does not.
Can God use social media to bring honor and glory to Him? Of course He can! God can, will, and does use everything and every person to fulfill His purpose. Just look at how He used Pharaoh, or consider the words of Romans 9:23, "What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy whom he prepared in advance for glory."
The key for me is that I don't want to be so busy promoting myself and my social media outlets that I forget that they are just tools. I am grateful for a job that allows me to work from home, but perhaps the time I spend online for pay is enough for me. Maybe it's time to step back from my personal use of social media and focus instead of what God seems to be doing in my offline life.
So where does that leave Busy Nothings? Well, I may be back after January 2nd. Perhaps a break from the constant updates is all I need to refresh and refocus. I may not be back - spending time away from it all may remind me of the world outside. Only time will tell.
This is the time of the year that people talk about goals, so let me share mine right now: My goal for 2013 is to be used by God, for His service and glory, whenever and wherever possible, online and off.
What are your goals for 2013?