I had an inspiration today while I was in the shower at 3pm. I realized just how much of the day I had wasted on my phone, playing games, checking out the Internet, being on electronics, just all of it. And I wondered what I would have gotten done if I hadn’t wasted my time doing all of that. Usually I’m pretty good about keeping it under control, but today I was not. Standing in the shower I realized that the devil had gotten to me–again.
And then a thought came to me, nay, an inspiration: Tomorrow is Sunday and it is the Lord’s day so what if we Shut off and locked up all of our electronics for the day? Everything. The computer, the iPad, our cell phones, tablets, game consoles, anything that connects us to the Internet and wouldn’t have been done 60 or 70 years ago because it didn’t exist.
Now if you know me at all you know I love technology. I love of the capabilities of the Internet. I love the capabilities of my iPad and my iPhone. I blog. I have social sites that I try to communicate on and increase traffic to my blog. I have games I like to play. I have emails I want to read and I usually check all of it at least twice a day So this is a very big thing to me.
It’s almost an addiction for me (the Internet and technology sort of stuff). I mean here I am using my iPhone to dictate this out because my hand hurts and I can’t write with a pen and paper. I tried but it just didn’t work. It’s ironic that I’m using technology to talk about not using technology lol.
I don’t know how well it will go over with my husband because he manages a store and he is constantly receiving emails about that business. But I am hopeful, because he never has a break. He goes to work at six in the morning and he comes home at six night and his brain just goes all the time about work until he gets up and goes the next day.
I know my husband is not the only man that suffers from this. I would tend to think that most men who are providing a living for their family and have any sort of responsibilities outside the home are constantly thinking about business.
So here is my proposal:
1. Saturday night right before bed shut off all electronic devices; anything that connects to the Internet; anything that you think the devil might tempt you into wasting time with.
2. Lock them up. You might say “I don’t have a place to lock it up” but everyone has someplace secure. My husband has a gun cabinet in my sewing room. We can lock all of it in there.
Be sure to put away anything that might remind you of it or tempt you to go get it out. This includes all charging cords, carrying cases, keyboards, bags you carry it in, etc.;
as they say out of sight, out of mind.
3. Leave them there until you wake up Monday morning. If you have to be prepared for something before work get up extra early so you can catch up on your email, but do not compromise yourself by getting it out Sunday night. Remember the Lord’s day is a day of rest and if we can unplug from the world even for just one day what a blessing will that be.
4. No excuse is so justifiable that you need to get out your electronics. It’s just not. I mean if you look at the big scheme of things we just want to go to heaven; that’s our goal, right? Electronics are not going to help us get there, are they? In that one Sunday that you don’t get out your electronics, Is that the day that your electronics are going to get you to heaven?
I mean really, if you go to get on your electronic whatever that day, and you’re sitting there dawdling or doing whatever you normally do on your electronics and the trumpets ring and it is time to go to heaven, is what you are doing going to help you get there? Is God going to be like, “Hey, yea, yea, that’s okay, come on, you can finish your game later in heaven!”
It has been so long since I have had a week or a day or 12 hours or even six hours without being connected to the Internet or on an electronic device in some sort of way that I really can’t remember it. It’s like this tiny little vague half-conscious memory in the back of my mind that I can almost see to grasp, but not quite. I think it would feel good, but it’s been so long that I don’t remember what it feels like.
There are many benefits that I’m sure I can’t come up with off the top my head right now for doing this but one major thing that I can think of is how plugged in do I want my children to be? Already they beg to play on the iPad or on my iPhone or watch a movie and when I tell them no it’s like they don’t know what else to go do.
So for my children’s benefit, for my husband’s, and for my own I am going to try my hardest to do this tomorrow and every Sunday following. And who knows maybe I’ll like it so much that I will implement it more times during the week.
I just know I need to wean myself off of the world and this is one big step in doing that. So what do you say, are you with me?