March 6, 2014 — 8 Comments
Inspired by Colleen of the blog Col Reads, I have given up Facebook for Lent. She mentioned it Tuesday night on her personal profile and shortly after seeing it, I announced it on my own profile that I was doing the same, plus even though I didn’t announce it there, I decided to give up Twitter for Lent too. A couple of years ago, I gave up Facebook for Lent and I remember it as a good time to reflect and read so I thought why not again? As for Twitter, I have a like/meh relationship with it and am not really going to miss it, although I will miss a few of the folks with whom I keep in regular contact there.
However, yesterday I had the thought: But with what am I replacing them? That is a crucial question. Does it mean that I’m going to be using Google Plus and Instagram, two other forms of social media I use, more for 40 days? Does it mean I’ll spend the time off Facebook and Twitter reading the entire Bible? So that you’re not hanging on tenterhooks, I’ll give you the answer to both of those questions now: No.
With Google Plus, I will continue to use it as I have been, mainly as a place to interact with the Book Bloggers Do It Better Community of which I am a moderator. With Instagram, I will post a photo a day for the 40 days of Lent with the hashtag #40days. I started with a photo from the Ash Wednesday service at our church. However, not all of the photos will be religious in nature. I think I will take a photo daily of whatever strikes me as reflective of the Lenten journey, whatever way I interpret that on that particular day.
While I don’t plan on reading the entire Bible in 40 days, I do want to read books dealing with our newly embraced Episcopal faith, particularly the works of a couple of ministers that our canon rector mentioned in talks he gave during Epiphany: Charles Gore and Walter Rauschenbusch. I have found free ebooks of the works of both so will endeavor to get to them over the 40 days. I also want to read poetry during the month of March, specifically on Saturdays as I started this past Saturday. I have a couple of books out from the library and have others I’d like to “check out” later in the month.
Lastly, not only will I be spending the time off Facebook and Twitter reflecting and reading, but also I will be spending the time doing. That, though, I will not be announcing here, heeding the words of Jesus in Matthew Chapter 6: “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.” Well, at least, with this part of the Lenten journey; the rest, I shall make a point of announcing to you here — naturally.