Lent: Day One

Well, it’s the first day of Lent, and for me, that means no social media for the next seven weeks. So far, I’ve managed to “accidentally” check into Facebook a number of times before I remember that I’m fasting from it. There’s always a period of adjustment whenever I start this time of year. By the end of it, I don’t miss social media at all.

Hopefully, this won’t be just a case of giving up something for the sake of giving it up. My goal is to replace all the time I’d normally waste on Facebook and Instagram with constructive– and possibly spiritual– endeavors. I want to read more actual books, especially more of the Bible.

I was reminded that being a disciple of Jesus means being consumed with being like Jesus. Those twelve disciples spent every waking moment of three years with Jesus because it was a passionate desire and a daily commitment. They spent a lot of time misunderstanding what He was saying and didn’t really get Him or who He was until after He resurrected, but they were with Him, nonetheless.

If I really and truly want to be like Jesus, it can’t be five minutes a day. If I want to call myself a disciple, it can’t be an activity– it has to be a lifestyle and a habit.

That said, I’m praying that Lent will be a time of abstaining from things I like to whet my appetite more for the things of God. I want to remove the distractions so I can better hear the voice of God.

What are you giving up for Lent? I always like to hear from my readers and gain from their insights.

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