Joshua Harris was My Friend

When Josh Harris signed up for Facebook, he announced it on his blog, and asked people to befriend him. He also made a joke about joining a group titled “Joshua Harris Ruined My Life.”

So we became Facebook friends. I was friends with Josh Harris. My roommate Laura thought it was cool and random. I agree.

Then he quit. He canceled his Facebook account. Why? I’ll let him tell you.

The other reason I feel right about making my time with Facebook just a visit is a little harder to explain. How do I put this? I found that it encouraged me to think about me even more than I already do–which is admittedly already quite a bit. Does that make any sense? Without any help from the internet I’m inclined to give way too much time to evaluating myself, thinking about myself and wondering what other people think of me. If that egocentrism is a little flame, than Facebook for me is a gasoline IV feeding the fire. I need to grow in self-forgetfulness. I need to worry more about what God is thinking of me. I need to be preoccupied with what he’s written in his word, not what somebody just wrote on my “wall.”

This got me thinking not only about Facebook, but this blog. I use it to update people on my life, post pictures, tell funny stories, etc. While I’m not writing on here, I’m often thinking of what to tell my readers (all 5 of them) next and developing posts in my brain. While I do this much less than I have in the past, blogging still takes up quite a bit of my “thinking time.”

One of the things that I let slip away from me this past summer was humility. So my goal for this fall is to get some back. I want to be less self-focused and focus on Christ and others. You can join me in praying for this if you want.

So while I’ll still be posting the normal stuff here, I’m also going to take some time and say nice things about other people. I would also like to do this regularly, but can make no promises since I also have a lot of other goals for the fall, like studying my Bible more and praying more and serving others more.

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4 thoughts on “Joshua Harris was My Friend

  1. This is good! I read this over on Justin Taylor’s “Between Two Worlds” blog. I was getting ready to post the same thing and told Al about it and he told me to check out your post first. We must think alike in some way :)

    I was struck when your good friend, Josh, said, “Without any help from the internet I’m inclined to give way too much time to evaluating myself, thinking about myself and wondering what other people think of me. If that egocentrism is a little flame, than Facebook for me is a gasoline IV feeding the fire” and thought about my blog. I even thought of disabling comments (not that I get many) on my blog so my motives in posting might be less concerned with what ‘blogworld’ thinks. Anyway. Good stuff.

    Lisa

    PS – I think you should go to TETM.

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