Fasting for Lent, or personal growth or as a way to worship our God is a wonderful practice, if done with the right intentions.
I fasted all of lent ( minus a couple slip ups at the end) from Facebook. A whole month and a half without it. It was hard. I know, first world problems but anything we become accustomed to is hard to stop. Facebook is a great way to share your life with those you love. It helps you stay connected to family far away and share in families happy moments, accomplishments and struggles. Yet it can also cause a disconnect from the real community that we crave, cause unintended hurt feelings and make us try to be someone we are not, as we compete with all the other perfect people in our friends group.
Somethings I learned; it is a serious time sucker and if I’m going to use it I need to place some boundaries around how and why. Another thing I learned, I am easily bored and although I’m not someone who can’t sit still I need to keep busy. I start to look through my feed as a way to occupy my time when that can be a time I can actually do something productive.
My plan was to be more intentional in my investments in to my relationships, including God. I fear I only actually made more investment in one relationship, and although that was special to me I do feel like I still neglected others.
I guess we can never please everyone or spend enough time equally with all the people we love, but it should be balanced for sure. I’m going to have to work on that. I am glad I stuck with it and learned some self discipline and self discovery in the process.
What was your experience with fasting for Lent?