Friday, 15 February 2013
It's my first 24-hour period without social media of any kind, and according to my perspective, blogging does not count. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of penance -- repentance or confession -- reflection and fasting. I gave up social media because I wanted to center myself and hear and recognize God's voice more clearly.
It never occurred to me that Lent is an originally Catholic holiday because it has been popularized by other Christian denominations over the years. I was raised Catholic at first, so I grew up in the church, Lent included. One of the main things that has been on my mind lately is how scattered and distracted I have been, polluting my day to day life with activities and thoughts that don't even matter when I focus on the concept of eternity with God.
Because I have been so scattered, I completely pushed God from the center of my life and allowed the internet and social media to distract me. Why am I not reading the Bible and praying, and reflecting on God last thing at night or the first thing each morning? Removing social media from my life has allowed me to realize the importance of this, whereas, I wouldn't have even thought about it.
I'm greatly humbled by my folly in this, and in the forty days of lent, my goal is to purge my life of every distraction keeping me from hearing God's voice. I know this is easier said than done, so each day, I'm asking God to show me how to do this, and to share His strength and wisdom with me.Gracious God, out of your love and mercy
you breathed into dust the breath of life,
creating us to serve you and our neighbors.
In this season of repentance,
restore to us the joy of our salvation
and strengthen us to face our mortality,
that we may reach with confidence for your mercy,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.The Worship Sourcebook, 1.3
What is distracting you from hearing God's voice? What could you sacrifice during Lent to help you listen to Him? Would you or have you given up social media for Lent?