Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent. Every year I say I am going to cut back or give up something for Lent and every year I end up not following through. This year is different. This year I have a six year that is attending Religious Education classes every week. This year she is the most aware of Lent and what it means to sacrifice. This year I must follow through.
On Tuesday I noticed that my good friend, Mike, had posted on Facebook, twitter and tumblr that he was giving up all of these social media outlets for Lent. I belong to all three of these outlets as well. As I read his post, I thought to myself that he was on to something here. I could do that too. In fact, I need to do it.
Ever since we got our laptop (which means that our computer is no longer in the cold basement), I have become compulsive on checking facebook, twitter, you name it. This is not good. Even if it is just for a minute or two it is taking me away from giving my attention to my girls. Why should I be giving so much of my time to an inanimate object that will always be there? My girls, on the other hand, will not always be 6 and 1. My habit needed to change.
It is now Friday. I am three days into my chosen lenten offering, 21st century style. I have not checked any of the before mentioned social sites even once. To tell you the truth, I do not miss it.
After Easter I will be sure to give you an update on whether or not I was able to keep it up. I am confident I will succeed. If I don't, I will have to answer to the 6 year old and who wants to do that?!
Thanks Mike for the inspiration and motivation!