I’m Taking a Social Media Diet

I’m Taking a Social Media Diet

For the past several weeks, I’ve elected to step away from social media and the local news because of all the negative and tragic events that have flooded media outlets. There was a point in time if there was a major disaster, current event or tragedy I would be glued to the news reports taking it all in. As of late, I came to realize that there were no breaks when it came to tragedy now-a-days. We are just existing from one tragedy to the next, no time for healing or restoration. For me, this proved to be too much. With each tragedy, and each piece of sad news I found myself becoming more and more dismayed at humanity.

IMG_9395Then, I read a story about a homeless college student named, Fred. The story of this young man pulled me in. I read how he rode his younger brother’s bike over 60 miles to register for his semester classes, and was found sleeping in a tent in the bushes on campus; intending to live this way until the dorms opened. In his possession: 2 duffle bags with his belongings, 2 gallons of water and a box of cereal. I don’t know what touched me the most: the fact that he rode a bike that far to register for classes in the dead heat of summer, that he was sleeping in a tent on campus, or that he practically had no food to eat. Perhaps, it was all of those things that moved me to tears.

The story that followed simply amazed me. Local citizens learned about the young student and immediately jumped into action to help him out. A GoFundMe, Success for Fred, was set-up and donations began to pour in. The organizers of his campaign soon set-up a Facebook page so that people could keep up with Fred’s progress. The page was an immediate hit. Like me, many others were inspired and impressed by the sheer determination of this young man and captivated by the outpouring of love shown to him. His GoFundMe raised over 180k, which is for his education, school supplies have poured in, the school opened the dorms early so that he could move-in, someone purchased a bike for him and many other acts of kindness have been shown. SuccessForFred_GordonStateCollege

As I followed his story for several days, I kept thinking, “just when I wanted to give up on humanity, I see this story unfold – thank you Jesus!” Fred’s story restored my faith in people and our ability to love and care for one another.  I’m reminded of Galatians 6:2 that says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” What a beautiful example.

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Terry Cato About Terry Cato

Terry Cato is a Talk Show Host, Author and relationship blogger. She is the Founder of Relationships 411, a blog community dedicated to healthy relationships and marriages. She is the Host of Real Talk w/Terry a Bay Area talk show focusing on relationship and lifestyle topics. Her memoir, “No Longer a Bridesmaid!” chronicles the 7 years she was single, celibate and believing God for a husband. Feel Free to Follow Terry on Twitter and visit her website for more information about the Author.

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  1. Janet K Brown says:

    Thanks, for your beautiful post, Terry. It’s important what we fill our minds with.

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    Terry Cato

    Terry Cato Reply:

    Amen, very important that we guard our eyes and ears. You’re welcome.

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