For lent, I decided to give up YouTube. At first, I thought it would be very easy, because I hardly watch videos on YouTube… until I had actually given up. There were many temptations planted all over the internet. People would post interesting videos on Facebook or on Sports Website, and when I click the video, it would direct me to YouTube. I would, then, suppress my temptation and tell myself that I would watch it when Lent is over. The hardest thing, however, was when I had to use YouTube for school work, which I had to find alternatives to go about the assignment. And here are 3 things I learned from the experience
1.) To love God, I need integrity. I learned that just by mumbling to myself that I love God, or to go around telling people how much I love Him, I need to first make sure to live like a son of Christ. It is a shame that I tell people how awesome He is, yet I fail to live up to His expectations. Yes, God is a forgiving and loving God and our sins were washed away, but I sometimes find it abominable when I reflect on my daily habits that could turn people away from God.
2.) God above all else. As mentioned above, I thought lent would be easy. In a way, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to rid of distraction towards God and school. However, I was myopic and never truly admitted that school is one of the bigger distractions to God. When I refused to watch/use YouTube for a class assignment, I realized I need to be able to overcome my personal desire for success and turn to God.
3.) Jesus loves us SO much. How could it be that Jesus went through all the pain just to bring us closer to God? How often do I remind myself of that? Not so much, and lent has helped me be more aware of that.