A common practice during Lent is to “take a break” from social media for awhile as an act of spiritual devotion. But what if you used social media to your spiritual advantage during Lent? These tips could work at any time of the year, for that matter, and they might be an excellent way to deepen your relationship with God using tools like social media that you regularly use anyway.
Using Social Media During Lent
- Create a “Secret Group” on Facebook for you and God. By that I mean, don’t invite anyone into the group once you’ve created it. No one can see posts shard in a Secret Group except those in the group. Use this “group” as a way to talk with God through your posting of prayers, by adding inspirational images that you see or posting devotions that encourage you. Post verses that you are studying or prayerfully meditating upon and journal how God is revealing himself to you. In much the same way that many people have used journaling during Bible study time, use Facebook for the same purpose. You won’t ever have to worry about whether you have your journal handy, either. When God speaks to your heart, all you need do is pop open the Facebook app or add your reflections in the form of a post from your computer! (This will give you a great online journal of how God is answering your prayers over time, too!)
- Pick a Lenten word or theme for this season of devotion. Each day, post a picture to Instagram that fits your devotional word in some way. Throughout Lent, you’ll have visual images of your devotions. Planning to post a picture every day on Instagram will also keep your devotional theme in the forefront of your attentions. (There are lots of Instagram word challenges like this already, so you may find others to partner with on this. For instance, church groups or study groups might want to do this together by adopting a common hashtag. Each participant can add their daily post, but they can also be encouraged by others reflecting on this same theme.)
- Using IFTTT, send yourself a daily SMS message or email reminding yourself to take “time out” to pray or focus on your devotional theme for this Lenten season. Text messages are easy to set up on IFTTT, but if you prefer email, IFTTT can send you those as well.
You may not need to take a break from social media for Lent. Instead, you may just need to make social media work for your spiritual good!