What was this challenge you speak of?

So, like I have previously stated in the last blog post, I challenged myself this weekend.

Many of you know me personally and know that I have a Facebook. On Friday night, I had the sudden urge to not use it for a weekend.
Why?
Well, at first, the only reason was because I wanted to see if I could do it. Now, granted, I have gone weekends without signing on before, but I have always been on retreats or vacations to distract me from that. I have never thought of signing off, just because, when I am stuck home all weekend because of snow and, well…lack of plans.

So, I signed off Facebook on Friday night, knowing that it would be a bit of a challenge, considering Facebook is now one of the main ways of communication between high school and college students, aside from texting and face-to-face conversation.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be until Saturday morning. [THAT was a joke people…you are allowed to laugh.] Waking up to find many Facebook notifications via email, yet now allowed to open them or log onto the Social Networking site, proved to be harder then it sounds. Yes, I may be a…TAD…addicted, but one of my goals for this weekend was to break that habit at least for a little bit.

And it worked.

My friend, Katie, did it with me. Hallelujah for awesome friends who are willing to take on crazy weekend challenges with me! :] One of the things that helped us both get through the weekend was the fact that we sent each other encouraging Bible verses, like James 1:12. It says, “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such person’s loyally in love with God and the reward is life and more life.” I spent more time praying and focusing on certain verses (like this one) then I have done recently. And I realized that I need to get my priorities straight.

So, this weekend taught me that even though I say I put God first in front of everything, I sometimes don’t. This news breaks my heart and opens my eyes. Why do we put things in front of God, the master of it all? Facebook is just a website created by another human being. That human being may be an Earthly genius, but God is the CREATOR of genius.

Besides meditating on Scripture and praying for longer periods of time, I also caught up on a lot of things I had procrastinated. So, needless to say, I will be the first to admit that Facebook should be called the Procrastinating Network, because that is exactly what you do when you are logged on. (Hehe, Katie and I both have agreed on this fact this weekend! We both got so much accomplished; it was uncanny!)

Nevertheless, I have made it through my Facebook-free weekend and I am very glad I have done so! Because, you see, I would’ve never had my eyes completely opened if I had not taken the time to block out my distractions and really focus on the Word of God. Sometimes, you need a loud wake up to call to get your head back into focus…and that is exactly what happened this weekend. And I’m glad. I’m also glad that Katie decided to do it with me…an accountability partner during these sorts of challenges is a great thing. Over all, my reminder was… “Hey, Keri, stop focusing on other things. Focus on Me.” God whispered to me this weekend and I’m so glad that I listened and didn’t ignore Him.

With that said, I encourage you to take a weekend off of your distractions, whether it be your phone, Facebook, email, TV…whatever you think is bogging you down from who God made you to be…take a break and really let God in. When there’s nothing distracting your focus, his Word is clearer then ever.

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