Though I am not catholic and most Protestants do not observe Lent, I find it a good thing to fast from things in order to give special focus on my relationship with God periodically.
In the past I have fasted from soda or meat, but to be honest it was more for dietary than spiritual reasons–which kind of defeats the purpose of Lent! Ha!
This year I have chosen to give up Facebook for lent! It seems silly that giving up Facebook for 40 Days is daunting, but for a SAHM who rarely gets time or occasion to socialize in real life, it has become a crutch for me! I spend too much time on it, and it’s become a constant habit to check in and see what is going on in everyone else’s lives while scraping by on the bare minimum when it comes to my spiritual life.
Fasting isn’t about God thinking you’re so awesome for giving something up. Fasting is about using the time and affection and energy and dedication you gave to the things from which you are fasting, to focus on God. Fasting isn’t to impress God, we can’t do that. How do you impress the One who has seen it all?!
I’m looking forward to this Facebook fast. I hope to spend less time comparing my life to others. I hope to spend less time staring at a screen. I hope to spend less time escaping the present. I hope to spend less time complaining. I hope to spend less time judging.
I hope to spend more time in the scripture. I hope to spend more time listening to solid teaching. I hope to spend more time being thankful. I hope to spend more time in prayer. I hope to spend more time encouraging. I hope to spend more time listening to my children and husband. I hope to become more well rounded as a result of all of the above!
Here’s to 40 days of Facebook Freedom!