Back on December 26, after a nudge from the Spirit, I decided to sign off of blogging, reading blogs via my reader, and FB and Twitter activity.
Well, as you can see, I’m back.
So, what did I learn from my technology fast?
At first, I didn’t miss any of it. It felt good to have a break from being on the computer and plugged-in to these various outlets. The time was well spent in other areas: family, reading books, contemplation, reflection, and meditation. In the process of more time for these things and less time for technology, a couple things happened.
First, something I had a suspicion about in my heart was confirmed. I was hooked in, at times, for the wrong reasons. I felt like I had to read every post in my RSS reader (“What if I miss something important!”), I felt like I had to tweet or update FB, I felt like I had to post on the blog. And (confession time) – sadly, I would check to see if people were responding to any of those outputs. Of course, that could be an activity void of sin. But too frequently I was checking in for approval and validation. If y’all commented in any of those areas, then I could feel good about myself.
So the fast was a way for me to fight the sin of pride, and the sin of seeking the approval of man rather than the approval of God. My identity is not wrapped up in wether I am keeping up on my RSS reader, or how many people are following me, or how many hits are on my blog, or how many are commenting on or linking to my posts. No, my identity is in Christ. The fast reminded me of that.
Second, it also reminded me that all these things can still be good things. So I am signing back on. Here are my goals upon returning, albeit not altogether different for why I engaged with all this technology in the first place:
- I will post on Twitter and FB mainly as a way to share overflow from my Bible reading each morning, sermon preparation throughout the week, and what I am currently reading. This will probably be 3-4 posts per day.
- I will post on the blog to practice writing, document my thoughts, teach, interact, and be known (see this for an extended treatment of my reasons). Writing in these areas is a helpful discipline, a way to think through things – exercise for the mind, if you will. This will be material mainly original to me, and will probably be 2-3 posts per week.
- I will also post to recommend and share information. This has become a big part of this blog, though unintended when I began (back on January 29th, 2009). I think that one of my strengths is tying into a network of people who are writing, speaking, posting, tweeting, and updating, and who do it better than me because they are far smarter and more talented than I am. So, when someone can say it better and clearer, why not try and bless y’all by pointing to them? So that is what I’ll do. Posts here will come daily.
It is my prayer as I enter back in – for you and for me – that God will guard our hearts from sin in the area of technology and social networking (maybe you need to take a fast too). May God use my little efforts for HIS glory.