Before I take up one more line of text, I just want to say a big ol’ THANK YOU to each one of you who has faithfully (or semi-faithfully) commented/blogged during the read-along. I know it’s not easy to stick with when there are a zillion things yanking for your attention.
Believe me, I know. Family issues. Racial reconciliation and justice stuff. Self-employment taxes (the bane of my existence right now). Yeah. Anyway.
So, thank you. You rock. And those of you who meant to be following along more closely but haven’t, no worries. I get it. Feel free to hop in as you can.
So, we might as well just get this out on the table: I love the internet. I just wrote a whole e-book about its awesomeness (would love to tell you when it will release, but my web guy has a full plate at the moment). I’ve been blessed by the internet in a zillion more ways in the past few years than I could even begin to tell you.
I don’t really plan to give it up. Not for Lent, not for this week, not for ever. Besides, I don’t reeeeally have a problem with it. Seriously. Out of the 24 media apparatus(es?) Jen listed, we only have 8. Hooray for us!
Oh, and 3 iPod Touches and 4 Kindles. Oops. Does it help that our Kindles were f-r-e-e? No? Okay then.
I don’t even watch TV or movies (except maybe the occasional Netflix documentary), so that part’s easy to “give up” (I’m pretty sure that books should count as media though, because that’s where you’re gonna nail me.).
I’m not even one of those people whose smart phone is attached to her hand. I can actually go to your house and have a 3-hour conversation with you without looking at my phone (even if you can’t). And I know about 20 of you who think I’m talking to YOU right now, but I’m not. My smart phone addict friends outnumber the non-addicts about 32 to 1.
I do love my computer. Actually, I love Gabe’s more, but when his isn’t available, I love mine. I get on it about 436 times a day. Last week, my friend Amber was here for 3 days, and I spent sooo much less time on the computer. “What are we going to do when Amber leaves?” Ava asked. “What do you mean?” I said. “What did we do before she came?”
“You were on the computer allllllllllll day long.”
I do spend time with God each morning before I turn my computer on. I journal and read my Bible and the day’s reading from Common Prayer and Jesus Calling (a gift from Amber). I pray for people and ask God for wisdom for my day.
But at least 50% of the time, I start to get that little itch to get online well before God’s done talking to me. I think it’s super-duper easy to put the internet ahead of God and say we just don’t “have time” to spend with him.
And I know this post sounds all jumpy and not very meaty, but I’m just out of steam for the day. Three little questions, and I’m gonna shut her down and go to bed.
Up for Discussion:
1. Jen says she doesn’t want her kids to be more comfortable interacting with a computer screen than a human being. If you have kids, is this a concern for you? What kinds of boundaries have you put in place to keep it from happening? (if you don’t have kids, you can answer it for yourself.)
2. This isn’t just media-related, but Jen talks about not even recognizing the person she used to be. For most of her life, she was chasing meaningless stuff instead of justice and mercy. I can so relate, and it’s so easy to beat myself up for all my wasted years. But she reminds us that, “self-hatred is not appropriate when God reveals a new angle.” How do you adjust to new truths God teaches you, learning from your past mistakes without wallowing in them?
3. “I discovered others didn’t need me to be as wired as I thought. Most of my media involvement is simply about me (blah).” GUILTY. Do you, like me, fall into the yucky trap of making the internet all about you, you, you, instead of others? How can we fix this?
BONUS: If you hate all these questions, ask and answer one of your own. Or tell me what your biggest struggle with media is. Or anything else that’s on your mind.
Thanks for all your wonderful insights and opinions. I’m loving this dialogue and the peek inside your brains! Hope your day is filled with sunshine and kittens!