Scott and I have been hosting a Sunday Night bible study course at church entitled Take it to the Limit, by Andy Stanley. (<----click on that link if you haven't heard of it and read the reviews). It has served as a good reminder of how to delegate my time in my life. I've learned that I fall into a lot of the categories that suck up way too much of my time and take me away from what is important.
Keeping busy is one thing, but constantly being on the go and filling up our schedules with "stuff" is another. The world around us has so many distractions, taking us away from what really matters, that the message we get is that if we're not always "doing" we're missing out on all the "stuff". Quite frankly world, I'm smarter than that.
Since taking this course, I've been made aware of all the things our family does to preoccupy ourselves from what really matters. Our priorities (in so many areas of our life) have been so out of whack. This is why I unplugged my Facebook. I spend so much time on there looking at "stuff" and preoccupying myself with "stuff" that the world around me is passing me by. There are days when I can easily spend an hour, if not more, just browsing through peoples' family pictures, reading statuses, scouring for coupon deals, and investigating into other peoples' "stuff". So not only am I letting our own "stuff" weigh me down and distract me, I'm now looking for other peoples' "stuff" to dictate how I was going to feel about my day. I don't want to live like that anymore. It was time for a change.
I need my down time. I need my family time. I need to have a portion of my day that allows my mind turn to mush. I also need time in my day when I can be spiritual and in those times I feel most at ease and most prepared for that crazy world around us.
It's been a week since I unplugged and I can say it's been harder than I thought, but I knew it was the right decision. It was an addiction for me. I was always logged on first thing in the morning, after breakfast, at lunch, after lunch and then again after dinner. I felt like I just couldn't miss a thing! How ridiculous is that?? So it was time to stop...and in doing so, the short time away has allowed me to work on creating new habits. The "stuff" can wait.