Social Media Fast 2020

I'm mostly offline for July
By Noel Jesse  •  Jul 1, 2020 at 12:01am  •  Article

July is a key month in my personal spiritual rhythms because it’s the month I fast from social media and try to live a more analog life. But because of everything happening in the world, it almost seems wrong to disappear for a month. As I reflected on that, I realized that is exactly why I need to unplug for the month. There are two main reasons.

First, the purpose of fasting from anything (be it food or pictures of food on Instagram) is to carve space into your life to focus on prayer, reflection, and dependence on God.

Secondly, I remember a friend of mine telling me that sometimes the best time to take a break (be it a day off, a sabbatical, or anything like that) is when it seems like you shouldn’t. By stepping back during a crazy season, you are acknowledging that the world will go on without you and that you are not the one in control.

So I’m stepping offline until August 1. 

Here are the ground rules:

  1. No social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) with the exception of snapping with my family a bit.
  2. No news apps or sites.
  3. No blogs (reading or writing).
  4. Limited streaming of media (YouTube, shows, movies, etc).
  5. Very limited email.
  6. Deleting the apps from my phone that make 1-5 too easy.

This is the stuff I have every intention of doing instead*:

  1. Reading (and listening to) some of the growing pile of books I accumulated this year.
  2. Getting another elbow surgery and doing a ton of physical therapy (yay).
  3. Reading the New Testament and Psalms.
  4. Writing (I have a new book idea I’m psyched out of my mind about…yes, it’s the same book I was supposed to work on last July…ahem).
  5. Staring at my yard.
  6. Studying for a couple sermon series we have coming up.

So…that’s it.

See you in August.

* – Jesus said in Matthew 6:16-18 not to make a big show of fasting but since what I am fasting from is interacting with a lot of you, I didn’t want to just disappear… 😬

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