After much thought and consideration Jared and I have decided to back away from the mad rush of technology, social media, and the like and have opted instead for a slower, more naturally paced lifestyle. This move has been a series of steps, a progressive series of choices that have landed us here – making the decision to postpone blog posts, rid ourselves of our social media presence, dispose of our internet service, and the hardest yet, give up our smart phones for trac-phones used in case of emergencies.
We have loved the changes we’ve seen in our family thus far: the attention and presence that we display to one another without the temptation to whip out our phones and check a feed, the quietness and slowness of our home that is tangible. But we also have experienced trial in this move – mostly with our loved ones. We pray that this move away from technology and chaos will not drive us from our familial relations – but will instead strengthen our bonds by not engaging in faceless, and oftentimes, heartless attempts at communication, like texting, towards means of communication that take more time, effort, and soul – such as letter writing, or face to face visits.
Many see this move as crazy – referencing the life of a hermit. But it wasn’t more than 20 years ago that our world was as ‘disconnected’ as we are choosing to be. Cellphones and social media hadn’t yet come into existence and the internet was still only a resource used for information gathering – not the current time-suck that it has become today. We see the technology we have grown accustomed to as absolutely necessary – and Jared and I are certain that it is not. In many ways, it is poisonous. Opening up doors to the world that we, as Christians, should flee from. It has aided in the blurring of lines between being in the world and being of the world. It has detached us from meaningful human interaction and replaced it with 30 second FaceBook replies.
We want something more, something different. And we are excited for this journey.
I will continue to write, likely just working on my book in the upcoming months, beyond which we have no foresight. But if this is to be my final post, I want only to share my enormous gratitude to those I have met, those I have been able to minister to, and to those I have shared of my deepest self. This space had become a place of coming together and I have loved being able to connect with you all.
God Bless You and Yours.
If you would like to know more about some of the decisions we have made – slowing down our pace, backing away from technology, basing our lives around the activity of the church, etc – here are some resources and books that have been truly inspiring to us and hope that they will be inspiring to you as well.