It is no coincidence that I launched this blog right after Easter… I gave up Facebook for Lent.
For some this might seem like no big deal. For others, the thought is catastrophic!! For me, I found it to be quite freeing.
Before this “sacrifice” began, my hand would automatically reach for my phone to see what was happening in the Facebook world any time I had a spare minute or two. During Lent I would catch myself reaching for my phone – and then I’d stop and say a prayer, or initiate a meaningful conversation with my son.
However, I do recognize the value of Facebook to share – how else could I tell everyone that I started a blog?
During Lent, there were moments when I wanted to reach out to people I care about for an update on life, to send a word of encouragement. Facebook and the internet – when used responsibly – can be a wonderful platform to share stories of faith and encourage a deeper faith journey in my family, and hopefully for others.
I am also wrapping up a year-long faith leadership class, and finishing our very last assignment; a plan for ministry. What can this quiet accountant from Nebraska actually offer as a plan of ministry that is worthy of the faith growth I experienced this year?
Well, I have a computer, I have access to the internet. I see God working in the life of my family every day, I feel called to share. My “sacrifice” – my time without Facebook – helped me understand a way that I can share my faith – even I can have a plan for ministry.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:14-16