So, mom always tells us we don’t necessarily have to give something up for Lent.
That it’s more important to make a change in your life. Well, in this case, my change did include giving something up.
It’s not because Social Media isn’t a great tool to connect with people – even people around the world! It is. And I have met lots of people, some whom I’m pretty close to, because of it. Heck the book I wrote was written through email and Instagram DM’s! My cowriter and I have yet to meet, although I do hope to see that happen sometime.
They played games. Physical board games or card games. Went outside. Cooked and baked. Talked to each other. Played. Wrote. Danced. Sung. Prayed. Had literal human interaction. (Yeah, I already mentioned talk to each other but I really wanted to drive my point home.)
And no, I have nothing against Social Media. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, it’s a great tool. But only as long as it’s not abused.
Instantly when you see a little flashy light, feel the vibration or hear the ding, your phone is in your hand. I can practically guarantee you that. I’m guilty of it.
But I can also guarantee you that if you log out of your Social Media, you’re not gonna miss it. Sure, the first couple hours, I had the temptation to log back in, but I didn’t. I even uninstalled Instagram from my phone to resist any temptation.
Aside from something on Sunday and something on Monday that I’m committed to on a couple different SM’s, I’m not logging in to browse until April 1st. Who knows? Maybe I will barely even feel compelled to browse them then. I’m only 2 1/2 days in and already feeling a heck of a lot more free.
I lie in bed around a week before Lent started and thought about doing it. I was all ready to…But then the day Lent rolled around and I suddenly changed my mind. I couldn’t seriously give up my social media for a month and a half, could I?
Well, as it turns out God did have it in my deck of cards. For a little over a month of Lent anyways.
And so far, I’m amazed how good it feels to have more of what my life pre-social media was. The weather had been reasonably nice to be outside a bit. I’ve played lots of games – alone and with family. Enjoyed my daily devotionals and time in prayer. Started marveling at the simple things/miracles in day to day life again.
At the end of this social media break, I will be updating y’all with how it went. And probably a couple times between now and then too. We shall see where this journey leads.
P.S. Welcome to my blog! So glad you’re here. 🙂