Really. Please don't leave Social Media for Lent. I understand that many people use this hiatus to spend time working on their own personal spiritual growth; and I can completely respect that; HOWEVER, please don't completely disappear for 40 days when social media needs you the most. Okay, I've always had a flair for the dramatic but here's why I am begging you to stay.
[tweet "Don't give up #socialmedia for #Lent: use it to evangelize! By @reconciledtoyou"]
'Tis the Season
Lent is a season when many people make a resolution to investigate or rejuvenate a faith life. The internet just happens to be a place many people will turn for guidance and even perhaps seek a community to take the journey with. So, what happens when those who are most likely to post something faith based, could possibly answer questions or would be open to connect as community make a mass exodus off social media during Lent?? There is a risk for missed opportunity to evangelize, catechize and support those seeking meaning through an experience with Christ this Lent.
If You Simply Must
- IF you simply must log off for Lent - here's a fun fact: Sundays are your 'get out of Lenten sacrifice free' card. You are not bound to your Lenten promises on Sundays. So take advantage of this day of reprieve and log on and share and connect!
- Choose to reduce the amount of time on social media. Cut back, NOT out.
- Tithe a portion of your social media engagement to sharing scripture, Christian music or Pope videos, saint quotes, or even funny Catholic memes.
- If you can use Hootsuite (or that type of program) to pre-schedule posts throughout Lent. Remember: You can log on and set them up on Sunday.
How I am Spending My Lent
This year WINE: Women In the The Evangelization is journeying through Lent with the one of a kind: Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women.
You’ve never read a book like this before:
It’s part Bible study, part reflection on women’s special gifts, part prayer and discussion guide . . . all tied together with a fabulous biblical historical mini-novel about women living through the events of Jesus’s passion, death, and resurrection. Reading it will draw you into the experience of Lent in an entirely new way. It will deepen your relationship with Jesus. It will lead you to contemplate your own gifts in light of his work. And it will encourage you to step out into the new year refreshed and empowered to follow the Lord.
Join the WINE LENTEN BOOK CLUB . . . including exclusive WINE Lenten email; WINE Enthusiast resources, and the WINE Walk in Her Sandals book and journal bundle. On Facebook, search for the WINE Lenten Book Club and join our growing community. We'll be sharing quotes, video, photo challenges and so much more! *Yours truly is honored to be facilitating the online component of this awesome Lenten Book Club!!
Copyright 2017 Allison Gingras. Originally published at Reconciled To You.
About the Author
Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.