Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Computer Fast

Remember last week when I talked about taking a fast?

God and I have nailed down the particulars.

Though many of you will not find your computer a daily necessity, I spend a LOT of time on mine and have decided to take a computer fast. I'm talking no blogging, no blog reading, no Facebook, no checking the weather or my kids' lunch accounts and grades, no e-mails, no communication via a computer whatsoever. Any work I normally do on my computer will conclude Wednesday evening.

Starting April 1 at midnight, my fingers will not touch this keyboard until Easter Sunday morning. I have written blog posts for Thursday and Friday and scheduled them to post automatically, so don't think I'm cheating when they appear. Don't take it personally if you e-mail me and do not receive a response. I will not see them and won't answer any messages until at least Sunday and probably not until Monday.

Some of you are wondering why. What possible benefit is there in shutting off your computer for a few days?

Sadly, I recognize my computer as something which binds me to the world of material things, as Ole Hallesby put it. I need to learn how to use the tool, not let the tool use me. My computer has too much importance in my life. I must remove the obstacle which tempts me to kill my morning moments reading blogs instead of reading my Bible. It's time to find my computer's rightful place in my day to day living. And I need to focus on Holy Week. I need to remember and be grateful, clearing away any distractions from Christ's tremendous sacrifice.

Is it possible to achieve this in a few short days? Maybe not, but should that exclude me from trying?
All to Jesus I surrender
all to Him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him.
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all.
I surrender all.
All to Jesus, I surrender.
I surrender all.

Catch you on Monday, friends.

Photo Credit: Lawrence OP

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