Every January my church embarks on 21 days of prayer and fasting. We have corporate prayer at 6:00 a.m. each day, and we are to fast something during that time. Our pastor believes in honoring God with “firsts,” and since January is the first of the year we honor God by devoting 21 days to saying no to what our flesh wants and yes to drawing closer to Jesus.
I’ll just say I’m very impressed with the people who REALLY fast. I mean those who do the serious water & supplements fast and the ones who do the Daniel (fruits, veggies & nuts only) version. I know through the power of Jesus I could do it too, but quite frankly I worry about all the people around me who would have to deal with one cranky, sugar-starved maniac for 21 solid days. I mean hey, I’d like to stay married to the same guy another year…
One of the things I fasted for 21 days was social media. “DO WHAAAATTTT????” you say? Yep – no Instagram, FB or Twitter for 21 solid days. And yep there were a few times I felt totally out of the loop because “Didn’t you see that picture on Instagram?” or “She posted it on FaceBook.” has become common lingo in today’s world.
But by gosh through the power of Jesus I did it. I accomplished the goal of not looking at social media for 21 days. Then yesterday was the end of the fast, so last night like any good addict I got out my computer and started surfing my social media sites to see what I had missed over these last 3 weeks, like a junkie running back to her crack.
I really wish I hadn’t.
Most of the FB posts were fine, but then I landed on several revolving around a federal judge’s ruling to strike down Alabama’s law defining marriage between a man and a woman.
Geez, Louise – I hope the people posting their words on FB don’t kiss their mommas with those mouths.
I used to be appalled at the posts and comments kids put on FB, but honey those are mild compared to what adults feel empowered to post.
And the whole time I’m reading these jabs, I’m thinking, “What is wrong with these people? Who says that? Who posts that????”
Venom was spewing from Christians and I’m guessing some non-Christians alike.
Scanning back through FaceBook last night was enough to confirm my decision to fast social media for 21 days. I haven’t thought about where anyone else is vacationing, felt envy over anybody’s new car or wondered why in the world a parent would let their child act a certain way, and I haven’t read the hatred some people feel inclined to unleash on others.
In short, I like being off the grid.
So, fair warning. I’m going to post my blog and I might occasionally look at social media, but I’m over it. I’m going to spend my time reading more (I read 2 whole Wall Street Journals over the weekend which is unheard of for me) and scanning less. So if I don’t “like” your post or comment on how beautiful your picture is or wish you a happy birthday on FB, don’t get offended. It’s a goal of mine in 2015 to spend my time very intentionally, and Jesus just proved to me social media ain’t on my agenda.
“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8)
Oh, and before any of you post comments about my judging you for loving your social media, please save your keystrokes. I’m not judging YOU, I’m doing what I think God wants ME to do.
And everyone should think that way before putting thoughts into words displayed for all the world to see, don’t ya’ think?
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