As many of you know, I challenge men, students and families to periodically do a month long fast from media. This post is about one student’s response to this challenge.
A couple of weeks ago I was at a youth camp in Texas talking to students about sexual sin. I challenged them to lay down the idol of sexual sin and to run to the only thing that truly satisfies, Jesus! At the end of my talk I had a 15 year old male student come up to me, and he I talked for 1 hour.
During our talk he told me about his struggles with porn, social media, inappropriate music etc. In the middle of this he actually handed me the phone and asked me to delete a bunch of stuff on his phone. I had to confess to him that I did not know how to delete it.
Side note: I do not own a smart phone. It is possible that I could own one, but I don’t want to risk it. Alcoholics who have been set free by Jesus do not go by bars, and porn addicts who have been set free by Jesus do not need unlimited internet access 24/7. At least, I don’t think that is good for me personally. Like Romans 13:14 communicates, I do not want to make any provision for my flesh.
Back on track, so this student shows me how to delete stuff, and I start doing it for him. After this, he sends a message to all his friends and tells them that media has taken over his life, and he will not be doing media for a month. He told them he would not be on Kik (I don’t even know what this is), instagram, facebook, snapchat, etc. At the end of his message he told them he would not even reply if they responded to the message, basically no phone for 1 month.
I was so excited for this young man. He was committing to fast from media and spend more time connecting with Jesus.
Do not misunderstand me! Cell phones are not wrong. Smart phones are not bad. It is kind of like money. Do I own money or does money own me? Do I have own a phone or does my phone own me? I have just learned in helping many men, students and families that stepping back from their phones or even all media outlets for a month helps them to see the negative influence phones, media, etc. can have on our lives.
I have done multiple media fasts myself, and it is always amazing to me the new stuff that God reveals each time.
So how about it?
Would you be willing to take the challenge to fast from media for a month and feast on the things of God? Would you be willing to attempt to find out what kind of a hold, if any, that media has on your life?
Ask the Lord, and see how He directs you.