Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Use Facebook

What is Facebook? Facebook is all about people. The lives, relationships, pictures, and events - of people. More specifically, it is an online networking tool. It can be a huge time-waster - especially if you use it purposelessly. But if you use it purposefully, Facebook can be a serious Christian-bubble-busting, vision-serving, Kingdom-building, God-glorifying tool.

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I was at a Turkish Student Association event at UofT early last year. After a fun night hanging out, a couple of the people I met asked me if I was on Facebook. That's when I registered. .. I realize now that how I joined Facebook--through the suggestion of a couple of non-Christian friends--was a picture of what Facebook is - a way to get real, get in the world, and get moving as real-deal salt-and-light.

Sometimes I'm a bit slow, and my experience with Facebook, unfortunately, was no exception. That is, Although I first joined Facebook a year ago, I didn't really use it for the first six months. My vision was too narrow. I identified early on what a time-waster it can be, but not until I dug in to Facebook, challenged my own opinion and got my hands dirty did I realize what a powerful tool it could be to productively and eternally network with Christians and non-Christians alike.

If you're on Facebook, use it purposefully. Use it to connect with non-Christian (and Christian) friends. And even when reconnecting with friends from the past, think future.

You may think that one of the most spiritual things you can do is go out and witness to strangers on the street. Well, I'm afraid that is false. It is only realistic, and also more strategic, to start with being Christ to those you already know. Let's be realistic and think about years--or better yet, lives--more than minutes and seconds.

Don't be overreligiuos on Facebook. Just be yourself. But don't be ashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). And if you are, as I often am, admit it and commit it to the Lord - and keep moving forward in God-confidence.

Don't waste time on Facebook. Boredom and time wastage are almost synonymous with meaninglessness and purposelessness. Instead, a good strategy is to slip some Facebook time in before doing something you have to do at a certain time - rather than when you have nothing planned and hours to kill (never a good thing). Also, do it when you're walking in the Spirit--when the Spirit is leading you--not when you've put the Spirit on the backburner of your thinking and walk.

If you haven't signed up for Facebook, I recommend you do so - whatever your age. Register at www.facebook.com.

The world is more complex than ever. There are more tools for evil. But there are more tools for good. If we don't realize that we're out to lunch.

Lunch is over. Use Facebook.
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APRIL


MAY

30 Thu | TEB poss. staying over
31 Fri 10am online MI b. mtg

JUNE

12 Wed 12noon flight to Houston, TX
12-16 Wed-Sun time in Houston
15 Sat Prayer Journey - Houston
16 Sun flight to Arkansas
16-21 Sun-Fri downtime in Arkansas
21 Fri flight to Toronto
23 Sun eve flight to Manila
25 special event w/ ~J
25-30 Sun-Sun Lausanne Marketplace Forum - Manila

JULY
1 Mon Canada Day - likely lunch w/ J/BA+
2 Tue (1) 6:30pm dinner (Pstr Nono), (2) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
4 Thu 8am - med. appt: stress echo
5 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Balsom Lake
8 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 12:30pm detailing
27 Sat (1) 1pm wedding (NA+) - Etobicoke, (2) 5:30pm wedding (C/C) - Kleinburg, ON

AUGUST onwards
Aug 12-16: Kids Kapers camp
Sep 13: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Oct 18 (or 25): poss. CCWM board mtg
(Oct 4-6: BAM conf - Silicon Valley, USA)
(Oct 22-25: poss. conf - Edmonton)
Nov 1-2: poss. Nepal prayer b'fast w/ TH
Nov 22: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Dec: poss. Australia; Indonesia
Apr 20-22: poss. First Chair retreat
2020: May 8: 10am CCWM board mtg