Two weeks ago, I started my fast from Facebook. I would say “social media” but Facebook is really the only one I used regularly. I like to know how my family and friends are doing, but if I want to connect, I call them. They seem to prefer a call more than a quick “like” online anyway. All of this to say, I received seven gifts during my Fast from Facebook.
1) I disconnect from my computer and phone more often. There is no need for me to check my phone or someone’s response online. I use technology for my Spiritual Direction ministry and editing work. Technology doesn’t use me. I can let go.
2) I feel less frenetic. Rather than a barrage of information, photos of someone’s lunch, surveys, sales pitches, authoritarian threats, negative news and games guessing my birth-date, bloodline or bank account number—I experience the blessed quiet of empty space.
3) I reclaimed peace. Less frenetic activity allows for a slower pace—a Sabbath rest. It’s as if God whispered, “Welcome Back.”
4) I complete more work. I use the News Feed Eradicator for Facebook Extension when I’m working. Removing the Facebook link on my phone and hanging a sign on the front door of my Page saying, “Taking a Break,” allows more time to focus on work assignments.
5) More creativity. Less noise and distraction combined with more time outside and doing what I love (gardening, reading and chatting with my granddaughters) has infused new ideas and topics for writing.
6) I spend more time de-cluttering our home and being grateful for what we have.
7) Most important, I focus more on God and God’s Word instead of the world. This Fast helped me remember that God alone is my resting place.
The Taking a Break sign will hang on the front door of my Facebook page a bit longer. Care to join me? You never know what gifts you may discover during your Fast.