What’s Happening Wednesday: Pardon the Interruption

A few days ago, the mega-company of Facebook went down for several hours. It wasn’t just their flagship social media website either. All of it’s applications were down.

I am guilty of trying to refresh the app multiple times. I thought it was me, or my 10-year old phone. But a quick glance at CNN let me know that it wasn’t me. It wasn’t my phone. It was way bigger than that.

Many folks realized for the first time how dependent they had become on these apps. It’s the first thing we look at in the morning, and the last thing we see at night. For some of us, it’s our primary means of communication. Some people’s businesses depend solely on social media as their advertising models. When Facebook went down, it took a lot of people with it.

But it shouldn’t have been this way. We should be building our hopes on things eternal, not on electronic applications. The first and last things we probably should be doing every day is reciting some form of prayer. That should be our primary means of communication. Our businesses ought to be built on God-given visions, not how many views we get on social media.

Perhaps, the interruption of service on Facebook was just a reminder that social media shouldn’t be the primary focus of our lives, that there is something bigger and better out there. There is something bigger and better on the inside, too. Let’s spend more time focusing on that.

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