Destroying an Idol to Observe the Sabbath


I woke up at 4 a.m. on the last day of 2016 and unfollowed all of my Facebook friends. Even my husband.

When it came to a few of my closest friends, I cringed to know I would no longer be engaged with them in this way.

So be it.

Am I this strong? And do I have a problem if I have to ask myself that very question?


Every few months I declare, I’m leaving Facebook! At which point my friends roll their eyes and snicker. They know I’ll be back in a few days or a few hours. My excuse? I’m checking my writer page!

The reality is I have a problem. I envy people who can live off the grid or live incredibly “private” lives. How does an extrovert and social butterfly sign up for that private gig?

I don’t make resolutions; I choose a phrase or word to live out each year. I’m not leaving Facebook. That’s not a resolution, but I will make it easier on myself to detox from it. It’s an addiction.

Facebook is an idol. My idol.


Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.  John 2:8

Before this becomes another I’m leaving Facebook post, I want to recognize that everything we do must be done in moderation. Food, water, sugars, carbs, church functions, television, smartphone usage – it must all be done in moderation or we suffer grave consequences as a result of over consumption.

The easiest way for me to detox from Facebook over consumption is to observe the Sabbath – one day free of checking in and taking photographs to be all consumed by family life and relationship building.

It starts with one day, friend. One full set of 24 hours. Straight.


An open landscape on which to paint a new memory exists here. In the Sabbath. This memory you get to keep and share with no one but the One.

Imprinted in your heart and on your mind, a new photograph emerges. Exposed for your very eyes.

New blessings flow in with each breath taken. Each flurry of fresh air speaks life into your chest cavity and makes a home within.

In the Sabbath.

I want to live here more often than not. I’m going to start with one day. One set of 24 hours free from engaging with millions of pixels on my smartphone.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8

Do you observe the Sabbath? What works for you?