For those of you who have followed this blog for sometime, you know I am not in favor of giving up something for Lent. The suffering endured by giving up coffee or chocolate is nothing compared to what Jesus went through during his beating and hanging on the cross.
Instead I am in favor of taking up something for Lent. Do something to increase your faith and/or help others.
However, this year I am giving something up – Facebook.
It is going to be tough because I follow some great pages – The Devoted Barn (feral and medical rescue and rehoming for dogs, cats, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses), Golden Retriever’s In Need and Buckeye’s Missions and Sanctuary. I am also a member of great groups – Problogger Podcast Listeners, Cheerleaders for Christ, and Faithful Finish Lines.
With all the chaos in the world and online, and with people purposely showing only the good side of life in their news feed, I’ve decided to call it quits for Lent. I will still be blogging both here and at OgleOhio.com.
What I Will Do
Besides still blogging both here and at OgleOhio, I will work on living life to make memories for the news feed in my head. The memories will include helping others (not sure how yet), reading various materials to help increase my faith and continuing to pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in my job search. I need a miracle as I file for my last unemployment check this Sunday.
What I Am Hoping
I am hoping this Facebook fast will last long after Easter has come and gone. There is so much more to life to experience and enjoy than living life for Facebook.
What did you give up or take up for Lent?
What is this?
All week I have been inundated with personal relationship articles, comments and now a book offer. My emotions are under assault.
I do not begrudge those who are dating, engaged, and married happiness. May God bestow countless blessing upon them.
There are times when a lot of this happy news is too much emotionally and that is normal. As the years go by, I am sure this type emotional assault will not bother me.
Facebook & Book
However this week I had to deal with two Facebook updates. The first one was about a first date and the second one was about an exciting relationship. Then today an email about a book offer from Blaine Smith of Nehemiah Notes entitled “Marry a Friend, Finding Someone to Marry Who is Truly Right for You.” The emphasis is on 20 something’s and above discouraged about their search for a mate.
The best assault example was a guest post on another blog. It was written by a guy whose long term relationship fell apart and now he was looking forward to all the “firsts” a new relationship would bring. Such as the first time he would hold hands, the first date, and the first date after the first date.
However, he then got into describing the more sexually explicit firsts. They were not extremely graphic but they were more than what I could handle.
Had each assault occurred a week apart, I could have handled it. But all in the same week was too much.
It reminds me of what I do not have anymore. Especially since as I write this it is the eve of 9/11 and 10 years ago when I went to bed, Joe was there next to me. I’m not sure I recall a night that we held each other tighter and appreciated each other more. After all, therefore but for the grace of God go us.