I made a decision this week. One that has been floating around in the back of my mind, but has never solidified into real action. Drumroll please...I deleted my Facebook. And let me tell you something, it was SO hard. And the difficulty involved made me take a big step back, and a long hard look at just why something of so little consequence was so difficult.
First, the back story. I've had it ever since the summer before I started college. Scary as this is, that was like, 8 years ago. So uh, now I feel old. Anyway, I created one in order to keep in touch with friends and family as I went off to college. This was pre the "share all the articles" phase that it's living in now, and more a "post all the statuses(statii?)" kind of time. Thanks to FB memories, I am now reminded almost daily of what a little whiner I apparently was in college...sorry friends!
Fast forward to the present. I wonder, sometimes, how many hours of my life I've spent scrolling through pointless content. Or, how many times I've become jealous of other people's lives. Or even, how many times I've gotten unreasonably annoyed at the sheer stupidity that often pervades my generation. I know that stupidity is a part of all generations but, seriously, #millenialprobs. And so, once I finally allowed myself to think about it, I quicklyI became very aware of how little value this platform was adding to my life.
And so, it's gone. Somehow, I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. Because as it turns out, I realized that I was afraid to give up Facebook for one very basic reason. FOMO = Fear of Missing Out. What if I didn't hear about the latest trend, or news story, or engagement announcement number 289378629 for the year? But then, following that line of thought, what happens if I don't? Literally, nothing earth shattering. Maybe I find out after other people. Maybe sometimes I don't find out at all. And you know what? I think I'll be just fine.
I've been making a conscious effort this Lent to surrender all of my desires to Christ. And y'all, I have failed miserably about a million times, (which is actually hard to do in only forty days time ;). Silly as it may seem, this was a tangible something I could give up. This was something that was just wasting time, while not adding value to my life, or relationship with Him.
Lest I be completely dropped into the dark ages, it should be noted that I'm not quitting cold turkey...Instagram is sticking around. So everyone can calm down, and stop worrying, going off the grid is not in my near future ;) So here's my challenge to you. Find something. Something simple, or something big. Find it, and give it to Him. You might find that it's not so terrible, or impossible after all!