Lent Begins… giving up facebook and gaining community

After spending much time encouraging others to consider a Lent-en activity… all I could come up with is giving up Facebook.  huh.

I know this may seem insignificant to many, even my family – big deal dad – but for me it’s a move into a more positive direction.  Unlike other social medias like Twitter, where you try to get your thoughts out there to the world… I really think Facebook is a tool of connecting with people – in sort of a false economy way of connecting.

If you connect with people – friends, family via facebook only does that count as connecting?  I suppose it can. I have nothing really negative to say about that, but rather, is there another way?  Is there something I can do to move deeper into community than just “liking” someone’s status update?

Remember phone calls?  Remember driving across town to go for coffee, or pop in for a visit?  Remember writing letters… and putting them in the mail?

So is facebook the thing for me, or is it a symptom of something greater?  For me it’s a baby step – a step in the direction of community.  That I will move from simply liking a status, commenting on a photo, leaving a wall post – towards something greater, deeper, more significant.  An investment.

This may be the greater sacrifice than just “giving up facebook”… but isn’t that what LENT is about?  Remembering the sacrifice?  If I can’t focus on sacrifice, by sacrificing even a little… I don’t know… food for thought I suppose.

I have this thing far from figured out.  But I DO know that with the advancement of social media, facebook and the like, my world has shrunk a bit in the significant conversations – intimate conversations – caring conversations…

What about you?

in the meantime – have a listen to a great new song by Matt Redman called 10,000 Reasons:

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Chorus 1

Bless the Lord O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Verse 1

The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Verse 2

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Verse 3

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Misc 1

Worship Your holy name
Lord I’ll worship Your holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name

CCLI Song No. 6016351
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About steve.dick

A husband, father, son. Jesus Follower. Worship Leader & Pastor. I like making music, and eating chips... oh, is that too personal?
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