Lately, I have been recognizing the need to slow down my daily input from digital devices. I know that might seem weird starting a blog this way, but reality is, I spend way too much time not accomplishing anything except wearing out the track pad on my laptop. Hour after hour each week with nothing to show for it. I had a reality check the other day about my computer use:
Facebook- Let's face it, I don't know you any better because of it or that picture of your dinner from last night. (I am totally guilty of this kind of thing)
Twitter- There are only so many inspirational/motivational quotes that one person can consume in one day (and to be honest, I remember exactly 0% of them).
Then there is Pinterest, Email, Blogs, etc. And my problem isn't relegated to my laptop. My tablet makes things even more accessible, and more over, my phone keeps me constantly in the loop.
Worse yet, one afternoon I looked up from my digital device only to see the rest of my sweet family also ensconsed in some form of digital entertainment, basking in the glow of their own LCD screens. As a husband, father, and head of my household, I knew it was time to act. I don't often issue decrees here at home, and often we joke about when I put my foot down about an issue, but it has become apparent that it is time for "my foot to speak."
From July 1 through December 31, we as a family, wil be spending only 2 half hour shifts in front of digital devices per day for personal use. I hope that this will help us to focus our attention to actually developing friendships instead of only interacting via the internet. It will also help me prioritize how I will spend my down time- being an active participant rather than a passive observer in life.
If you are looking to free yourself and/or your time, I will be blogging about how I am going about this and the results (positive and negative) that I experience over the next 6 months.
Ephesians 5:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Serving through love and laughter is a great way to live.