This week consider your screen time and interaction with Media. As North Americans, we typically have access to digital devices, TV, entertainment, cell phones, tablets, computers, and an endless supply of people to contact, things to read, and things to watch. This week consider being intentional about how you interact with media. Are you just a consumer, or are you a conscious consumer aware of media and technology's impact on your life and your relationships? As a church and as a society are we aware of how we are informed and/or transformed by the digital and virtual? A few possibilities for a Lenten practice this week:
1.) Some households do a weekly screen-less evening or house. Choose a night this week where cell phones are completely off, TVs and computers are turned off, and wifi and cable are not used. If work and homework need these devices, consider a different way to do work and homework ahead of time, or how to do this day fast a different way in your life.
2.) Choose to read books or other activities instead of screen time for entertainment.
3.) Give up facebook and other social media for the week. (When I/Tory was on sabbatical, I simply changed my profile to a sign that noted I would not respond for a certain amount of time.)
4.) If you don't do this already, make meal times a media/digital fast that do not include cell phones, TVs or any screens. Since this is titled a "media" fast, consider giving up newspapers, magazines and books as well.
*At the end of the week, take note of ways that you and your household (and work/school/peers/church) can be healthier with our media and technology. Feel free to pass on notes for the Menno Focus to Pastor Vern, or simply comment right here below this blog post for others to read and wrestle with :-).