During Lent, many people give up certain things as a form of penitence. I have been taught in my Christian journey, that although is is important to give up, it is also important to take on. Some years I chose to do one or both, and sometimes I did neither. I am Lutheran, and wasn’t raised with this being a requirement during Lent. In recent years I was either pregnant or nursing, and I felt that I was making a large enough sacrifice as it was. This year, I wanted to put Jesus first, instead of me.
So I decided to give up Facebook. That sounds trivial to a lot of people, but it had become an idol in my life. I would check it while driving if I saw I had a notification (mostly at red lights), I would check it while nursing Eloise, and I would check it while playing with Lincoln. My smartphone would be on at the dinner table, in the car, everywhere. It was my idol.
Giving up Facebook is a true sacrifice in my life, and one that I am hoping leads to taking on. I will be taking on more time with my husband. I will be taking on precious moments with my little girl who is growing up so fast. I will be taking on wrestling with my adorable toddler. I will be taking on God.
I am so excited.