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What Happened To Downtime?

From the introduction:
Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world's information at our fingertips.
Read the whole of Scott Belsky's article and his five solutions.

But take careful consideration of his first solution - which we know has biblical underpinnings - The Sabbath

Creating a Ritual for unplugging.

Perhaps those in biblical times knew what was in store for us when they created the Sabbath? The notion of a day every week reserved for reflection has become more important than ever before. It's about more than just refraining from work. It's about unplugging. The recent Sabbath Manifesto movement has received mainstream, secular accolades for the concept of ritualizing the period of disconnection. Perhaps you will reserve one day on the weekend where you force yourself to disconnect? At first, such efforts will feel very uncomfortable. You will deal with a bout of “connection withdrawal,” but stay with it.

Too often, Christians view the Sabbath as an obligation, rule or demand rooted in the dusty, archaic law of the Old Testament.  But rather we need to see the heart of the Sabbath, as God has given it to us - it is a GIFT.  It is not only a gift of time, but we discover the true and ultimate fulfillment of that Sabbath rest, which is found in Christ and Him alone. (Hebrews 4)

Don't neglect the Sabbath, we are more and more in need of this gift within our plugged in, turned on and tuned out generation.


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