Monday, January 14, 2013

SOCIAL MEDIA FAST

The time of year has come again when I deprive myself of something I usually can't do without. Some would call it torture but for others like me who want a closer relationship with our Creator it's a fast. I've never publicly announced a fast but this one is an exception. In the past I've fasted from meat, coffee, chocolate, lunch, and wine fewer than 10 days and as long as 40 days. This year I chose to remove myself from all social media activity: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, 500px, Blogger, and Google+. 
 
Why? 
 
During my 3 day mission trip in Mexico last December I had no phone or internet access. I couldn't text/call my loved ones that I arrived safely or find out how they were doing that weekend. I had Wi-Fi access for less than 30 minutes which I used to send e-mails to my boyfriend, kids, and sister. I was DYING! I resembled the closet alcoholic that was enduring withdrawal symptoms in secret. I struggled with an internal drama-fest of social media deprivation and it was an eye-opening moment
 
 
What was the one thing in my life that would be difficult to be without? 
 
When my church announced their annual fast last week it didn't take a super computer to pump out the answer to that question. My life had reached an all-time level of pathetic if being without social media for 3 days caused jitters, anxiety, nervousness, nausea, and agitation. I used my photography as the reason to occupy my time with social media but in its insidious way my life became controlled by it. 
 
What do I aim to accomplish after my 7 days of social media fasting? 
  • A deeper, intimate relationship with God without distractions, interferences, and withdrawal symptoms. 
  • Breakthrough in my financial stewardship. 
  • Control over my social media activity and its effects on my well-being. 
  • Clarity in the direction my photography business is going. 
  • Sustaining the peace, joy, and serenity infused in my life despite trials that come my way. 
  • Keeping gratitude as the barometer for my days. 
  • Eliminating negative thoughts and behaviors from my life. 
  • Doling out the precious gift of forgiveness without inhibition
  • Opening my heart to continued acts of service without expecting reciprocation. 
My fasting in previous years has always yielded results beyond my expectations and know 2013 will be no different. Two weeks into the new year and it's already proving to be one of my memorable ones

See you next week!