In September and October I'm going to share some thoughts on Sabbath, and the importance of rediscovering Sabbath if we are going to do life well. Part of that will be on how we relate to technology, meaning email, text, Facebook, twitter et al, when it comes to Sabbath.
So here's the Sabbath challenge I'm going to be taking for the next week, whilst I'm on holiday with the family. To take a technology Sabbath. That means no blogs, no tweets, no texting, no checking or sending email, no looking at Facebook. It sounds scary to even say it!
But I've had too many holidays where I never really relaxed because I was still in touch with all that was going on at work, whether that was church or BlueArc. Too many holidays where I've watched kids pestering parents to stop looking at their mobile phones and play with them in the pool. Too many times that I've fallen for the lie that I was so important that the world couldn't carry on without my input and intervention for just a handful of days.
I will be taking my Kindle with some new books on it, and will be taking my iPhone for the odd game of Angry Birds and Bible reading, but nothing which involves contact with the outside world!
If you're going away this summer I want to encourage you to take a technology Sabbath too. If you do I'd love to hear how it goes.
One final thing before I 'log off' for a week. Sola is preaching next Sunday - I'll be praying for him to powerfully bring the presence of God in all be brings.