NO “EXTRA” MEDIA AUGUST!

Ten years ago today, I did something drastic.

I went on a Media Fast.

Biblically, a fast is not a command but can be extremely beneficial and is always linked to PRAYER and seeking the Lord and His will.

Historically, fasting is related with food. We especially think of that at Lent. Then there’s No Spend November. And Whole Foods January. What about No Extra Media August?

I think about the hours a day I commit to the iPad or PrimeVideo or online shopping…and it adds up.

Be honest now…how many hours a day do you spend (not including work) on a device? I’d have to say, I’m upwards of 3-4 hours a day. Whoa. That’s 21-28 hours a week of my wakeful time spent doing what boils down to NOTHING.

I’m not into guilting you. But I am into helping both you and me to pick what’s BEST over what’s GOOD.

10 years ago, I felt God prompting me to stop watching TV for a month and to be OBEDIENT to do something that I kept putting off. So I did. It wasn’t easy, but it was SIMPLE. And WOW…

I’m still reaping the benefits of that decision TODAY.

I’ll tell you how…I started writing Christian Women’s Fiction. I started learning, honing my craft, and I kept at it.

Now, I have a potential book contract on the line.

So, what have you been putting off?

What would happen if – for a month – we still took phone calls and texts and did our online banking and top-priority emails, but set all other technology to the side for 31 days?

I think it’s time once again for a MEDIA FAST. What do you think? Answer this:

What is God asking you to do that you’re always saying you don’t have time for?

That friend you need to call? That blog or book or devotion God has been asking you to read or to write? That relationship that you need to pour into? A focused prayer life? Bible Journaling? Go to a Bible Study and commit to the homework? What is it for you?

Don’t get me wrong here! I’m gonna have my phone with me this entire month.

I’m not going off-grid.

BUT if there were some parameters for my media time, how far could God take me past the borders I keep myself in? Cuz I’m not going to fool myself…I do make my own borders by claiming it’s my right to spend x number of hours on Facebook, Pinterest, Netflix and more. I hem myself in and put myself in a box. God wants to expand our borders.

So many times I wonder…how much like Esau (Genesis 25) am I? How many nights do I UNPLUG from the world but also unplug from God? What blessings have I traded for a bowl of technology?

Esau traded his inheritance for a bowl of soup.

I have a list of things that I feel God would like me to do that I never have time for. A LONG list. I bet you do too. With the time factor out of the way in this media fast, I think God will ALSO show us the other factors that are holding us back. Fear. Insecurity. Procrastination. Laziness. Unpreparedness. Playing the Comparison-Game.

Instead, let’s turn our eyes to the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Let’s join with the Psalmist from #119, saying…“I gave an account of my ways and You answered me; TEACH me Your decrees. I have chosen the way of FAITHFULNESS; I have set my heart on Your laws. I RUN in the path of Your commands, for you will ENLARGE my heart. Give me understanding, so that I may keep Your law and OBEY it with all my heart.”

Yes, Lord, help me to run in the path of Your commands. Make my way clear as I pursue You. Lord, would you expand my borders this month as I put You and what You’ve asked me to do in priority?

Pursuing God and His heart for His people always results in lasting Kingdom results. I promise.

Tracy Michelle Sellars

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