Why I’m Leaving Facebook

fastI joined Facebook in 2008. I don’t think at the time, I really understood the implications of this platform. It was new. It was fresh. Everyone was doing it. I joined the craze.

I wanted to buy stock in Facebook when it went public in 2012. I’m glad I didn’t.

But in 2014, I have decided it’s time to leave Facebook! Well at least for a while. You see, I’m giving it up for Lent.

Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which Christians pray, fast, contemplate and engage in acts of spiritual self-discipline. According to my friend, David Timms, professor at William Jessup University, “Lent provides a prayerful rhythm for our lives. It invites us to fast from something that is significant to us, and a regular part of our lives. And our fast is a trigger for prayer. Every time we think of (or desire) what we’re fasting from, we are to pray instead. Not necessarily lengthy prayers, but breath prayers. In short order we find ourselves praying more often throughout the day and living with a heightened sense of God’s presence.”

So for the next 40 days, I am going to be fasting from Facebook! But during this time, I’m really going to pray about leaving Facebook all together. Or at the least, create new rhythms in my life, whereby I am less attached to it.

Facebook was a significant way to connect with friends and family when we lived in Southern California. In fact, it helped us bridge the distance in incredible ways. However, over the last couple of years, Facebook has become a huge distraction and terrible time waster for me. So with that, I am going to test the waters and see how life is different without it. And here’s what I imagine is going to happen…

I will have more time!

I will have more joy!

I will have a deeper connection with God!

I will be more connected to friends!

I will be more present with my family!

I will be more content!

So if you want to catch up with Bryan, I suggest you visit my blog. I’m looking forward to the journey. Perhaps you might even consider joining me.

11 Responses to Why I’m Leaving Facebook
  1. Debi Kennedy Reply

    Well done my son. Beautifully written and thought provoking. Proud Mom, I am. Nolan is proud also.

  2. cjb Reply

    Nicely written. May you find HIS rhythm.

    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30, The Message

  3. Patrick van Leeuwen Reply

    I think I will join you…much for all the reason you cited …except for Lent. This would be a more permanent move for me which God has been tugging on my heart about for the past week or so anyway. So now reading your post, well, it’s sort of like a confirmation for me. Not sure how long I will shut down my profile for, but I will try for a while at least. I’m thinking months, if not even years. I need to break the addiction somehow. Hahahaa

    Many Blessings. 🙂

    • Bryan Hardwick Reply

      Patrick – I hope you do! I might even take a chip for it at CR. :0)

  4. Karen Uhlman Reply

    I am fasting complaining. I’m on day 7 of no complaints. See acomplaintfreeworld.org for more.

  5. Angie Tims Reply

    It sounds like God is answering your question of how to balance your digital life!

    • Bryan Hardwick Reply

      You caught that! Yes, it seems to be one of the solutions at the moment. Should be a fun journey.

  6. Karen Uhlman Reply

    Found a few more helpful hints on managing email: http://www.athenaonline.com/knowledge/containers/SBShare.asp?xi=0XI29Y9AR89B

  7. Karen Uhlman Reply

    Found a true article on how to stay focused on the cross and not be distracted by the surrounding lilies:

    http://www.fastcompany.com/3013363/unplug/how-your-habits-become-productivity-draining-distractions

    I hope you find this helpful in your quest to “deplug”.

  8. Kim Whitt Reply

    Hey Bryan,

    Fancy meeting you here! :). Very interesting information and well written.

    How’s the Facebook fast coming along? Are you feeling hungry for a socil media fix?

    I just saw you were from Southern Cal. Me too. Looking forward talking with you later.

    Have a “Godtastic” Day.

    God bless you,
    Kim

  9. Michele Tozier Reply

    Hi Pastor Bryan!
    Love your blog. If it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t have seen it. Lol. But you have prodded my thinking. I am on Facebook and enjoy it but it is a time waster for me. Will pray about taking a break as well.

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