Facebook and the past

I am generally a fan of facebook. I use it almost every day, and have a plethora of information on it. It’s also been a boon to me while I work here in the North, keeping me in contact with friends and family.

There is a problem though. The first years of university marked a profound change in my life. While I had been a “churchy” person previously, I had believed in no real god other than my own conscience (indeed, I was communist in all that entails, including amistrust of religion), so when I came to faith in jesus Christ, there was a lot of reworking of my life and thoughts. I can honestly say that in many ways, I am not the person I was in high school, though I may physically resemble that guy.

So this leaves me in a difficult predicament when it comes to facebook. Iam now beginning to meet people I knew in High School. Few of them were really friends, as I honestly was an odd person back then. That said, I get a message every once in a while asking me to add someone who I really didn’t like in High School, and who probably knows me as that socially awkward guy (okay, more socially awkward than I am now). Yet I believe that all things work together for the good of those who love and serve the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

So why did God not save me in High School, where I could have developed less dysfunctional ideas of these people, and even more important, what is God doing in (and with) my life now to use the person He’s made me with people who knew me then? what am I to do with the people who rememer the old man, when there’s a new man putting that guy to death?

Author: Stephen Dawe

Steve is a part-time vocational elder Calvary Baptist Church, St. John's as well as a full-time student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in the Religious Studies Department.