Today begins the season of Lent. Last year, I gave up chocolate. If you know me, you know I love chocolate more than words can describe. It was tough, but definitely doable. After a week or so, it was no big deal.
When I was thinking about what to give up, I knew I wanted it or be
something that really made a difference in my life. Something I was
spending a lot of time doing so I could take that time and become to
closer to God.
This year, I've decided to give up Facebook.
The number of times a day I look at Facebook is ridiculous. At least 10 times a day. In the morning before work, on breaks, at lunch, and several more time when I get home. It's truly pathetic. Facebook is definitely that something that will make a difference in my life.
What is it in me that causes me to be so concerned with what my "friends" are doing? Why do I care if someone's kid got potty trained this week? Better yet, why do I feel the need to broadcast what I'm doing? Am I looking for validation or approval from others? Am I trying to boast about my accomplishments? Do I see myself as someone who can validate others? Or judge people's behavior?
I don't know the answers to those questions. Honestly, I'm scared to know. But if the answers to any of them are yes, then giving up Facebook is the least of my worries.
I didn't join Facebook until 2005. I'm pretty sure I had a full and exciting life before Facebook. That I knew what was going on in my friends' lives and that they knew what was going on in mine. I'm also pretty sure that didn't consume my life. That I didn't share everything with everyone, and that I didn't know everything about everyone. I didn't need to.
I need to take these 40 days and refocus. I need to spend some time meditating at the feet of Jesus. I am confident that choosing to give up Facebook is the right choice for me this Lent. So, my Facebook page will be silent (absent automatic posts from Bloglovin') until Easter.
Thanks for understanding and supporting me!