Addictions come in all shapes and sizes. They are as diverse as the species of insects on planet earth — the blood sucking, life draining insect varieties. At first glance they seem small and harmless. You tell yourself you can handle them, but it isn’t long before you’re wasting too much of your time scratching.
Enter facebook. What a great tool to keep in touch with friends and family, especially if the majority of your friends and family are scattered across the four winds. Then I found out I could connect my facebook to my blackberry and always just be a click away from instant updates and contact. I could share what was happening anytime and anyplace. Not only that, I could program my phone to buzz every time someone responded to a post. I became Pavlov’s dog. To make matters worse, my wife and I would often communicate through facebook sometimes while we were in the same room. Facebook was taking time away from real face to face time with those around me, and more importantly it was taking time away from real “face to face” time with Jesus. After all, last time I checked Jesus doesn’t have an official facebook fan page — just cheap imitations.
So why would we cheat ourselves with a cheap imitation instead of the real deal? That’s when a thought flashed through my mind — what if for 30-days I took the time I would normally spend on facebook and devote that to Jesus. This would be a personal journey to reconnect with my saviour.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Am I the first to create the concept of a facebook fast? As King Solomon once wisely stated — there is nothing new under the sun. A quick google search led me to another brother and sister in Christ who advocated living an unplugged life from today’s technological distractions. Kerry and Chris Shook, a husband and wife team, authored the New York Times Best-Seller “One Month to Live.” This book takes the reader on a journey of trading our virtual “plugged in” lives for a life of meaning and purpose through face to face interaction with those around us and more importantly with Jesus. It is a tool meant to help Christians combat mediocrity and habits that rob us of living a life of purpose.
I’m looking forward to this 30-day journey — although I do not believe that there is anything inherently wrong with facebook or other types of social media — of getting unplugged from facebook and plugged back into Jesus.