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Do You Need a Digital Fast?

Posted by Outreach, Inc. 5 years ago 0

Lets face it, our lives are full. We try to balance our personal, work, and spiritual lives but we also need to incorporate play and rest in order to renew our souls. How do we find space to fit rest and sabbath into our hectic routines? Below are a few ideas about taking a digital fast to renew and refresh your soul.
  • Start your day screen-free. If you’re in the habit of doing personal devotions in the morning, resolve to not turn on your computer or look at your cell phone until you’ve done them.
  • Set specific times (no more than three a day) for checking Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Nielsen reports the average American spends an average of seven hours a month on Facebook.
  • Discover what’s sidetracking you. Ask yourself: Do I respond to emails during time with my family? Are personal texts, posts and emails taking time away from work?
  • Find what dulls. Seek out those things that tend to dull your mind instead of sharpening it. Are there certain websites or media you use only when you’re bored?
  • Delete and unsubscribe. Stop visiting particularly wasteful websites or put blocks on them, limiting your use. Unsubscribe from blogs with no redeeming qualities.
  • Take a digital fast. Set aside days for fasting from all digital media: cell phone, television, Xbox, computer. The more difficult it sounds and is to do, the more important it is for you to do it.
    For more on tuning out distraction, check out the book The Next Story and blog by Tim Challies.
    Article by Outreach Magazine.


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