Who: My husband and I
What: Going “techless” every Tuesday, which is basically a media fast for the entire day.
Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. People fast because it is a spiritual discipline that helps Christians take their eyes off the things of the world, and to draw near to God. Often, the act of denying the flesh is replaced by prolonged prayer.
Our media fast consists of having no access to social media, browsing the web, television, movies, online shopping, YouTube, or basically any “screen time.” The exceptions are work related emails and anything related to the logistics of the day via texting or emails.
When: Every Tuesday, for nearly a year now
Where: Everywhere there is access to a screen (phone, computer, television, ipad, etc)
Why: This idea was actually introduced to us by my brother and cousin, who participated in “techless Tuesdays,” and we loved the idea so much that we were sold! We want to rely less on our access and addiction to media, so we can depend more fully on the Holy Spirit and walk more closely with God.
Results: Though we try to remind each other the night before, we sometimes forgot to fast from media on this day. My husband has made exceptions to watch important sports championships and playoffs, which I think is fine. At times, I have given in to media because I was too weak to deny myself in the moment.
Spending just one day away from the media has shown us how productive one night can be. We feel cleansed from unnecessary distractions on Tuesdays, and we are able to remember what life was like before the great invention of The Internet: sweet and simple. Closing the doors to The Internet has also given our minds rest for one day from interrupted streams of thoughts, voices, graphics, and ideas. Most importantly, it has helped us to quiet our minds in order to meditate on the Lord. The benefits of “techless Tuesdays” has been so fruitful that we are considering adding “techless Thursdays” to our weekly schedule. However, we’re not there yet!
Thoughts and Feelings: “Techless Tuesdays” was something we both desired to do because we recognized how much more “face” time we spent in front of a screen compared to spending it with each other or with God through Bible reading, prayer, and meditation. We did not see this as a punishment, but as a way we could feed our spirit over our flesh. We also wanted to take steps to develop the quality of our relationships with God and with our family.
These were Jesus’ words to a the group of disciples He took with Him to pray in Gethsemane, shortly before He was betrayed and arrested, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
***Leave a comment if you would like to go “techless” on Tuesdays, and share any thoughts from your own experiences!