This year, it wasn't so arbitrary. I sensed an urge to take some kind of break from technology.
"I think I'm going to give up TV shows," I said to my husband one night.
"Rachel, you don't really watch any TV shows."
Oh, yeah. Right.
The thought of forgoing Facebook started to jump around in my brain. "But I need that for work," I thought. "I need to stay in connection with students." Then I noticed my habit of keeping in contact with students via text messaging, and instead using Facebook for time-wasting and perusing people's photos.
My break from Facebook has been so revealing of certain unhealthy tendencies and so life-giving with discoveries. In fact, I'm not looking forward to getting back on Facebook (although, truthfully, I will - if only for the countless photos of my nephews).
When I go on vacation, one of my favorite things to do is to stay disconnected from technology. I like not having Wifi or wasting time on a computer or being glued to a phone. I like spending my time reading and journaling and praying and just being. The difference with only abstaining from Facebook and not all technology revealed to me how much I use technology as a diversion and distraction from being in the present moment. I find myself filling the minutes with reading blogs and finding information on baby things and e-mailing everyone and who-knows-what-else. If I'm not careful, I will let the busyness of technology distract me from the stillness of God.
The fact is that my soul longs for God's stillness--for His Spirit.
I long to wait upon the Lord, and technology distracts me from doing so.
God, please forgive me for filling hours up with technology--
for ignoring the peace that you so willingly give me.
Help me to be more attuned to Your Spirit--
to seek stillness and quiet over busyness and distraction--
to be in Your presence--
to choose simplicity of being.
Recommended Reading: Navigating the Sea of Electronic Media
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