This weekend, I did it. I did the unthinkable.
I took a digital fast. I fasted for 24 hours from the computer screen, social media, texting and my blog.
Call me crazy or call me normal?
What is normal anyways? Last week, as my daughter and I sat at our kitchen table for lunch, she asked me a question. "Mom, what was it like when you were a little girl?".
At that moment, my eyes glared at the kitchen wall, I quietly reflected. I remembered a time, when I used to have long talks with my Mom. I remembered talking to my parents and my brother around a dinner table. I remembered playing outside on my monkey bars til sunset.
I answered my daughter with one word, "simple".
Life was simpler then.
How could it be?
Smart phones, and tablets are known for making our lives better, more productive now. More simple.
Does digital technology really make our lives more simple or is it complicating our lives?
Last week, I read a post on the blog Time-Warp Wife called, Growing up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
I will always remember the dad that came up to me after I spoke about screens and teens at a youth conference.“It’s not my kids that I have a problem with. It’s my wife. ”What had begun as a positive use of Twitter to stay in touch with her friends had turned into an obsession. This wife had started using Twitter to encourage women at church, tweeting short verses or prayers to women in need. But now, his wife was constantly scanning her Twitter feed, even on date nights. She had earned the nickname “Twitter Queen” from her husband’s friends because she was constantly using her phone in her spare time. This husband didn’t know what to do. He said, “She such a great wife in every other way. But I’ve talked to her about this but she doesn’t stop. I don’t want to nag her about it, but it drives me crazy when we’re driving in the car and she’s on her phone.”
- See more at: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=4672#sthash.RBZsqpa3.dpuf
Does this sound like you? Well, to be honest, however you look at it, this could be any one of us.
After reading this post, I really thought about how
Sometimes, we need to unplug.
- I want to pay attention more to my husband without sitting at a computer.
- I want to pay attention more to my daughter without having a phone in my hand.
- I want to pay attention to my Lord without digital distractions.
Hebrews 4: 9-11 tells us, "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
It is good to rest and take a break from the things of this world. Those things that may be taking our time and attention from our relationship with God, and others. As we rest in Jesus, we find Him. We find peace. We find who we are again. We find life.
Quality time is so valuable and needed for you and your family. I encourage you to do a digital fast for 24 hours! I've decided to do this once a week from Saturday to Sunday morning as a sabbath fast. I saw a big difference already. I feel refreshed. I'm focused. I feel healthier (less eye strain). I feel closer to my family and more connected.
Could you do it? No computers, tablets, mobile phones, social media for 24 hours . . .
If you cringe at the thought of it, then that means it's time for a digital break. Your relationship with God, your marriage and your family depend upon it. It might even change your life!
What about you? Do you ever take a digital break?
How has it helped you?
Blessings and Shalom,
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