Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I am taking an online fast. A sabbatical. A break. A stepping away from what can become a substitute for time with God.
I read many blogs by renown authors and writers. I follow some significant thinkers on Twitter and I keep connected with dear friends and distant family via Facebook. However, my attention to these things has consumed more of my time than I anticipated and Ecclesiastes 5:7 is beginning to resonate: "Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God."
I love to know the answers. This has led to something unexpected. When I read a mainstream press article about why we are so tied to our smart phones, I was shaken by the realization that I had become addicted. The Internet was an idol. Google was my worship service. “I can find the answer to anything” was my hymn. Time to log off and readjust the priorities, tune in to the God who speaks.
God is calling me to a time of silence. Of seeking him. Exclusively.
I do not know how long this time will be. I do not know if I will return to this medium. Everything is up for elimination, including my iPhone.
I ask your prayers - for wisdom, clarity and a heart to seek first his kingdom. Ears to hear his voice. A life that is lived worthy of his calling.