Why I'm taking a break from my screens
My screens are like little windows into other worlds. I can see what's happening in real time all over the place. The problem is, these little windows distract me from what is going on right in front of me. Lately, it seems like these distractions are growing. Thankfully, there are some good things on these screens, like some articles about this very topic. A fellow blogger, Kevin DeYoung, posted about the problem of screen strangulation (read them here--> Part 1 / Part 2). I really resonated with this and decided it was time to take some action. So, in the pattern of Jonathan Edwards, here is my resolution.
Resolved: To not let my screens control my life, but to use them in a healthy way for the furtherance of my relationships with my family, my church, and my God. To accomplish this I will take a break for 7 hours each Thursday.
-From 9:30 CST until 4:30 CST I will communicate with the outside world the old fashioned way, with a phone call.
-During this same time I will not go online, but will instead devote myself to reading and study
Maybe 7 hours doesn't seem like a lot. After all, it isn't a full day. But, let me ask you this those of you in love with your screens. When's the last time you went 7 hours away from them? Away from facebook? Away from email or TV? It's been too long for me.
So, that's my goal. If you need to get in touch with me on Thursday, I'd encourage you to give me a call. Otherwise, just leave your emails or facebook messages after the beep.