So last week marked the beginning of Lent. For many people, even non-Christians, this means it is time to 'give up' something. I have friends who have given up wine, chocolate, baked goods and I even have a friend who once gave up her 'anger.' She made a conscious effort to NOT lose her temper.
Another friend announced on Facebook last week that she was giving up Facebook. I found myself envying her. I can't be sure why, but lately when I have logged on to Facebook, I have found myself getting irritated or upset by all the nonsense that gets posted on there.
I know there are settings that can limit what I see. I also have purged my friends list many times. I do really like Facebook for the way it keeps me connected to friends and family. But I also have to admit I tend to spend way too much time on it.
After I read my friend's status update about giving up Facebook, I happened upon a news article. This one really struck home. The basic message was that parents today tend to put their electronic devices ahead of their children. So even though we are in the same room, my kids are not getting my attention. I am too focused on Facebook to notice them or interact with them.
After feeling quite convicted by that article, I decided to take the plunge. I notified the pages that I help to administer that I would only be on Facebook on Sundays (the accepted day to 'indulge' if giving things up).
Let me tell you how I am doing so far. Honestly? I'm fine! Maybe it is because I had way more texts yesterday than normal, but I don't feel disconnected. I also don't have that nagging need to log on and see what everyone else is doing. I do find myself picking up my phone and looking at the screen. But I deleted the Facebook App, so I end up putting the phone back down quite quickly and moving on.
I still have quite a few weeks ahead of me on this Facebook Fast. I will check in with you on my progress. And in the meantime, if you are a friend of mine and wondering why I've disappeared from Facebook... now you know! ;)
Good luck with your fast of choice. May it help you to grow as a person, in your faith or in your life.