I never anticipated saying goodbye to Facebook for Lent. It took me by surprise, and it was a last minute decision, made quickly and with passion. Had I thought about it, I would have probably not done it.
Originally, I had planned on juicing for Lent. However, day one cost me approximately $18.00 in produce. Just for me. And, since my entire month grocery budget is $140.00 (give or take) and that feeds my entire family, I quickly realized that it was not financially feasible.
I sat down at the desk and prayed, "Please, God, show me what would draw me closer to you." As I was praying that prayer, I typed in the letter "F" in the address bar on my browswer. Trusty old facebook.com popped up and my heart was pricked instantly. I knew what I had to give up for Lent...Facebook.
I feel that I really do use Facebook in a wonderful way. I pray about who I can encourage, I do not complain too often, and I try to share the truths and humor that I come across in life. I try to make Facebook a happy place. I look at it as a ministry tool.
But, the fact is, many people do not share my passion for Facebook being a joyful part of life. And, within a couple days, I noticed that I was feeling free of the burden that Facebook complaints and drama were continuing to pile on my sensitive soul. I was lighter. I was less worried, and anxiety levels had dropped significantly.
My day also seemed to have a few more hours. I remember saying, "I'll just hop on for a minute" and watching that minute turn into thirty.
I will be returning to Facebook after Resurrection Sunday...but I think that Facebook has lost some of its power over me. I look forward to emailing with friends, posting uplifting status messages, and praying for people who seem to need it....but I also look forward to limiting my Facebook time, not re-installing it on my phone or my Kindle (who needs 24/7 access to FB? NOT ME!) and setting a timer while I'm on, so I don't get sucked in for too long.
I'm thankful that God called me away from Facebook for this season. I do miss it, but I love the freedom I'm experiencing more!
ONE ADDITIONAL THOUGHT: I have logged in to Facebook to check my emails and to check in with a couple groups that I need to communicate with regularly. So, I'm occasionally still on, just not daily, and when I'm on, its for a very specific reason. :)