My husband and I are fairly active in our church’s youth ministry. He teaches Sunday school to high school boys and I co-lead a small group bible-study on Wednesday evenings for high school sophomores. Last week my husband told me that their Sunday school lesson was on fasting and that he and some of the boys decided to fast for one day.
Fasting is a means of getting our minds back on the reality that we are not self-sufficient. Fasting helps us realize just how fragile we are and how much we depend on things beyond ourselves.
As we were discussing this some of the kids were there with us and challenged (encouraged) me to do it with him. So yesterday I decided to fast from electronics for the day. No computer, I-phone, I-Pad, Netflix/TV, Alexa, and radio (not even in the car).
I made it but not without a few twitches and learning a few things about myself in the process.
- Driving in a car with no radio not only keeps your attention focused and your thoughts loud and clear it also lulls me to sleep. DANGEROUS.
- Once you have a thought on your mind there is nothing to distract you from it. Food, for example, once I decided I wanted Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for lunch (with cut up hot dogs), NOTHING was getting in my way.
- You just don’t realize how often you grab for your phone, for NO REASON. I’m guessing I reached for mine about 742 times in an 8 hour period.
- At some point during the day a sad realization comes to fruition on how much time you actually waste on Netflix or your phone. The “I don’t have time” excuse is No. Longer. Valid…
- Those who use Google Maps or Waze frequently should not only plan their day out beforehand but should also have the maps printed as well. Or just stay home because you can’t use your phone to find your way and you don’t want to risk an unplanned adventure by getting lost.
- You are exceedingly more mindful of how much money you spend. Therefore, you buy nothing.
- The amount of times you convince yourself there might be an emergency so you should look at your phone. But there wasn’t… not even once.
- How much you actually pray and how random your prayers are. I mean that is the reason you are doing this after all.
- Boredom brings on productivity. Sewing, calligraphy and script writing practice and naps!
- God actually talks to you when you take the time to listen.