This past summer, however, the subject needed to be revisited because our teenage son Scott took an interest in it. Having moved out of state a couple years ago, we thought it might not be terrible for him to get involved with it to reconnect with old friends and build new friendships too, and that after all, it was ideal for young people who were learning who they are and finding friends. We decided that it may not be of any value for middle-aged people like us, but it could be fun for him, provided that it didn’t lead to him thinking only about himself. He is a well-grounded young man, so we thought it would be alright to let him give it a try. But among our many policies is internet caution, so we decided I had better start an account too, just so that I could learn how it worked and be equipped to help Scott with it and to understand what’s going on in his world. I was admittedly intrigued and perhaps even a little excited about it, much to my own dismay. The original deal was put aside for the sake of one of our kids, and I took the plunge.
Imagine my delight when I found out what it was really like, Facebookers among you! When I signed up I quickly learned that it really was about connecting with people, not talking about yourself, if used properly. I now have close to a couple hundred “friends” from all different corners and years of my life. Facebook has become a part of my day, starting the morning out with sharing a Bible verse on it, checking and answering messages, sharing a link to what you see in front of you, and yes, folks, even Farmville. I've enjoyed renewing old friendships and strengthening new ones. It's wonderful!
Flexibility and willingness to look at something afresh and make a new policy is necessary in life. If we never change our minds on anything, we may miss out on something fantastic. Certain principles and policies remain intact in our family without wavering, those of our faith. Truth is not negotiable. But the day-to-day things of life sometimes require a second look, and at times, a reversed decision.
After all, I always thought blogging was silly too…