This week marks the end of my month-long hiatus from blogging. Like most things in life, there is danger in having too much of a good thing– blogging is awesome and fun, and I love awesome and fun things… and soon it really consumed me. It was a monumental idol in my life that I gladly served day-in and day-out. I have had smaller moments of clarity and withdrawl like this before throughout my bloggybloggin’ tenure, but never have I given up bright lights of the internet for so long.
I learned a few things during my time away… about myself, about my heart, about notoriety and anonymity, about sin, about fear, about the simple joy of having a moment all to myself that no one sees or hears about– not one Instagram, not one tweet, not one post, not one word.
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share some of my thoughts from my hiatus. I realize it’s a little hypocritical to want to share this unplugged experience with you by plugging back in… but I don’t think that blogging or the internet is evil. It just became such a driving force behind why I did a lot of things and just like anything that you realize is controlling you… I wanted to step back. And it was so eye-opening and good for my soul that I want to share (isn’t that what blogging should be about, anyway?)
Technology presents us with a unique spiritual challenge. Because it is meant to serve us in fulfilling our created purpose, because it makes our lives easier, longer, and more comfortable, we are prone to assign to it something of a godlike status. We easily rely on technology to give our lives meaning, and we trust technology to provide an ultimate answer to the frustration of life in a fallen world. Because of this, technology is uniquely susceptible to becoming an idol, raising itself to the place of God in our lives. ― Tim Challies, The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion