Looking back, I feel so sorry for The Guy I Used to Date. I became a Christian about a year after we started dating. A Southern Baptist Christian nonetheless. It wasn’t long before I was begging him to go to Wednesday night youth group and to pray the Sinner’s prayer out loud. To me. So that I could know that I wasn’t unequally yoking myself to a heathen.
Needless to say this wasn’t exactly relationship building at its finest. And I’d be lying if I said that his lack of Jesus Freak-ness didn’t result in our habitual breaking up (described beautifully at Stuff Christians Like: Breaking up after a retreat) which I’m sure endeared him so much to our loving Savior.
What I’m trying to say is that giving things up for Jesus isn’t new to me. I’m not exactly awesome at it (I dated The Guy I Used to Date for 6 years and most of those break ups only lasted a few days), but I do try to listen when I feel the Holy Spirit prompting me. So it really shouldn’t surprise me that now that I don’t have boyfriends to give up I’d now be asked to let go of my true love, Facebook.
I’m doing a Bible study with a friend and one of the questions was, “Are you feeling led to give up something permanently or for a season?”
Well, I couldn’t use my normal go-to answer for that because I don’t have a boyfriend. And I don’t think I’m allowed to give up my husband because, well, that would be divorce. Not only would that go against most Christian values, but can you imagine what that would do to business? A divorced premarital counselor? Yeah…
So Facebook was kicked to the curb.
I’m making jokes, but in all seriousness I believe the Lord opened my eyes up to how much time I was wasting on Facebook. I mean, I could watch an entire evening waste away as I went around looking at baby & engagement photo albums, deciding whether it would be totally rude/snobby to ignore a friend request or trying to figure out who passive-aggressive status updates were directed towards. It was sick.
So I’m giving up Facebook. Not so much because Jesus told me to, but because He’s tossing some strong hints that there might be some better ways to spend my time.