This week, I will be doing a social media fast for three days. During those three days I will refrain from social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. A couple of years ago, myself and other students monitored our social media use for about three days. Needless to say, I was baffled by the results. I don’t remember the exact results, but I remember enough to consider that I may need to lessen how much time I spend on the apps on my phone. My top three social media platforms are YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
What I hope to gain from this experience is the ability to concentrate more on other things. Specifically, to concentrate more spiritually. All the time I’m watching the latest videos, updating my status and posting pictures is time that I could be opening up my bible more and reading more of the writings of Ellen G. White.
Today, I visited my lady’s church for the first time. Fun fact, I prefer to call her “lady”, instead of “girlfriend”, because of the word “girl”. I don’t consider this person a girl; I consider her a wise, mature, Christ loving woman.
This morning I had no idea what I was going to wear. I almost wore my striped blue suit, but I was told the night before that a suit would not be necessary. So I went with a burgundy dress shirt, light beige pants, beige socks, black Stacey Adams and a tie with books of the Bible.
I wasn’t nervous about visiting my lady’s church, but I was concerned that I was going to be bombarded with 20 questions. Plus, with my stutter, I certainly didn’t want to freeze up. That wasn’t the case. Everyone in the congregation seemed so full of love and was quite welcoming. People were greeting, shaking hands, and hugging one another before and during the worship. This quality of love is something I think every church should have. I’m glad I decided to visit.
While I love my faith and church, I have no problem visiting other churches outside my denomination. How can I ask others to see my world if I’m not willing to see theirs, right? Throughout the years, I have realized that there are good people in every denomination.
After church, we went out to Starbucks before I took her home. Normally I don’t buy anything from there since I’m not a coffee drinker, but I figured I’d at least try something with no caffeine. Plus, she bought us both Starbucks on the way to church this morning, and I wasn’t too impressed with the green herbal tea I chose. This time I had a sweet vanilla bean creme frappuccino.
At 7 pm, I went to Planet Fitness for about an hour. It was there that I worked on my chest and tricep muscles. The last time I had done any bench pressing I ended up with strained muscles for a whole week, so this time I didn’t push myself too hard and made sure to go a little slower.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of reading an excellent blog post about anxiety. That blog post was written by none other than my sweetheart. This was her very first blog on her new blog called Courtni’s Corner. Check it out whenever you get the chance. I was moved that her first post was about such a personal struggle she goes through. Reading about such a personal topic reminded me of my first blog post, which was also quite personal- my stutter and how to interact with people with that particular struggle. Courtni is definitely a strong person. I pray she perseveres in everything she does, including blogging. Also, it’s always good to have one more thing in common with your significant other.
Well, I’ll let you all go for now. It is late, and I have to be up for work in the morning. Goodnight.