Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12: 2
I have to be honest with you. Facebook has transformed our lives greatly, keeping us connected with our primary school mates and its-been-ages-since-we’ve-met relatives. But to me, it just makes me feel depressed most of the time. Of the “pinnacle of life” I can never seem to achieve, vacation photos I will never be able to top, sweet photos of couples posting 12343098 times a day, all shouting “YOUR LIFE SUCKS, BET YOU WISH YOU WERE ME” in my face.
I mean I believe most posts were well intentioned. It’s just that I tend to compare and when I see people all dolled up and seeming having the best time of their lives while I sit in front of my laptop with my shorts, glasses, pimple cream and sweaty armpits, it just doesn’t feel so good.
So I’m doing what I should have done a looong time ago: trying a one-month Facebook fast. Note the word “try”, because I’m a terribly inconsistent person. I really hope I can do it (and I did pray about it just now) and in fact the triggering factor was when I read the verse in Romans 12 and I realise that this is the solution for me to stop feeling depressed about life. Always coveting for what I don’t have when I am already blessed more than I already deserve. It’s easy to praise God for what He has done for me, and then one look at my computer screen and I’m back to feeling miserable.
So this is what I plan to do: check Whatsapp only during mealtimes (I used to check my phone so often during study break that my friend Tina had to confiscate my phone!) and Facebook only for messages and notifications.
Let’s see what happens, and please pray for me that I will have the courage and wisdom to pursue this throughout the month!
Updates on my London trip in the next post!