Monday, November 10, 2014

Unplugged

So this post (and the last) come to you from our local library. 
 
Why?
 
Because we cancelled internet at our house.
 
Ryan brought up the idea about 3 weeks ago...could we go a winter (or a lifetime?) without home internet?
 
And we wholeheartedly believe the answer to be yes!
 
It turns out that in each of our own processing, we were beginning to feel too plugged in and weighted by the intrusion of technology in our everyday lives.  To be honest, we aren't really even that "tech-y" of people but still, we felt the Lord tugging at our hearts and wanted to obey.
 
So Ryan proposed it and caught me TOTALLY by surprise because I had been thinking identically to him.  We felt real excitement to be on the same page about this and anticipation for why the Lord would be asking us to let go of this particular luxury.
 
Computer, and internet, Wi-Fi and impressive advancements aren't bad; we happen to utilize everything technological at both of our jobs!  But we felt this ongoing heart burden that our home should be a haven of rest and less busy with the hum of internet, TV, and other distractions.

(For the record, we DO still watch an episode of a TV series on DVD at night or have a movie night on the weekends.  Balance!)
 
What's funny is anytime we share this with people the reaction is somewhat...defensive.
 
We don't share in a "we-did-this-hopefully-you-do-to" way.  If asked what's new, this is what we share--it's new!  We are finding many people are very protective of their technological habits and to be honest, we don't really care what you do!
 
But we do care about what the Lord is leading us to do!  This is right for us right now.
 
Honestly, we have felt such relief, and sometimes inconvenience, at this new lifestyle choice.

But we added it up...

2 hours a day X 5 days a week X 52 weeks in a year is 520 hours.  That's more than 21 days per year in front of a computer screen!

Over an average, that could be 1,260 days  (3.5 years solid) in a lifetime if someone was a 60 year internet user. 

Phew!

The balance is that not all internet is bad.  The gospel is making it's way worldwide because of connections, political ideas are spread like wildfire, amazing causes are optimized and publicized. 

But for us, in this time, we are not home internet users.  We are choosing to connect with each other instead of technology once at home; start a legacy of less screens and more human interaction.  It is our hope that our kids would be SHOCKED to see us choose our phones or a computer over play time or heart sharing.  It's the cry of our heart right now to be present, and I believe we are making the best choice for us.

So the million dollar question we get: What do we do instead?

Read
Craft
Organize
Clean
Draw
Cook
Bake
Walk
Exercise
Rock climb
Talk
Board games
Build a fire
Have people over
Study
Nap
Bible Study
Bike
House projects
Pray
Host
Go to the library
Get outside
Play basketball
Garden
Yardwork
Re-decorate
Head to the rec center
Read a newspaper
Take a drive
Call someone

And the list goes on...

We are thrilled about cancelled internet.  I'm typing at lightning speed because my computer booking at the library is only 60 minutes long.  And you know what?  I'm glad this is the fastest paced thing I'll do all day. 

 I have a husband and a home, community and a neighborhood, friends and family, church and school, ministries and callings, two doodles and a million creative things to pursue.  And those are intentional pursuits I can't wait to look back on when I'm 80 and say, "Thank goodness I unplugged!"

 

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