I read a statistic once that said on average people spend 30 hours on various forms of technology (computer, phone, gaming systems, etc.). Wow! That is a second job surfing the web and texting friends. Think about your own routine. How much time do you think you spend using these conveniences? With numbers that high, you can probably guess what I am going to say. If we are spending this much time on technology, then we are ignoring other things – like our family, our household/work responsibilities, and most importantly our God.
The verdict is in and I am: Guilty as charged.
Unplugging recognizes that personal beings are created for personal interactions by a personal God. We need to be in the presence of each other. Digital connections aren’t enough to keep us healthy. We need to be touched. We need nonverbal signals. We need uninterrupted spaces in our lives for the presence of God and the presence of others. ~ Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Today I would love for you to make a plan to unplug. The book, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, recommend the following exercises:
- Take a Technology Assessment – Keep track of the amount of time you spend on various forms of technology as well as the amount of uninterrupted time you spend cultivating relationships. Where do you need to re-prioritize?
- Unplug once a week.
- Get into the practice of occasionally handwriting notes to friends. Take notice of how it makes both of you feel.
- Plan face time with friends and family members.
Don’t forget to use a part of the time that magically appears from the act of unplugging to cultivate your relationship with God. To spend uninterrupted time with him – no web surfing when you can’t think of what to say; no checking email for prayer requests; no phone nearby to tempt a tweet or status update. Just you and God in the quiet.
How big a part does technology play in your life? How big a part should it play in your life?
Oddly enough, I am going to use technology to take your prayer requests today! But once I write them all out, I am going to shut my computer down for the weekend and take some time to re-prioritize things myself!
Would you please continue praying for my brother and sister as they heal from their surgeries? Let’s keep the situation in Colorado on our prayer list as well. There is much healing and forgiveness that needs to take place. Now it’s your turn! Make a comment below letting us all know how we can pray for each other. As always, you can send me an email if you prefer.