Should You Take a Digital Sabbath?
Recently, I was at a retreat with a bunch of preteens and I wasn’t able to get cell reception. I didn’t use my phone for 3 days straight. During this away trip I thought to myself how great it was to turn off my phone for a couple of days. When I got back from my retreat I left my cell off for my day off. I usually don’t do this. My wife commented, “it was really nice to have you without your phone on all day.” I began to think about how much I actually use my phone. And I realized that I use it a lot. I have lately been reading about Sabbath. You can read, Mark Buchanan’s book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. It made me think, should I at least try to take a Sabbath from my cellphone, facebook, twitter, anything digital?
I am going to try to turn my phone off on my day’s off. 4 times a year when I am on my Spiritual Retreat I want to completely turn off all digital devices. In April, I went to Hawaii with my wife and son for three weeks, it was the more relaxing time. I completely turned everything off. It was a real time of rest and refreshment.
What do you think about taking a digital sabbath?