Comments and updates and blogs fill my inbox and my screen and my head. It’s like an all you can eat smorgasbord of rich information that I keep coming back to, and it’s all good and wonderful and filling until suddenly–it’s too much.
Balance is not a gift of mine and so I have to work hard to find it–constantly. I teeter in seasons, and eventually, I slip, I crash, and I have to let go.
The world–particularly the online communities I am a part of, teems with so many beautiful, powerful voices and wisdom. Truth is being pinned and integrated and tweeted and I read it all with a ferocious appetite, until I find that my own thoughts, my own words are missing. Silenced by the overwhelming chatter of a never ceasing arena.
Friends told me how brave it was to step away, to seek quiet, and in that quiet I thought about this again and again. Why is it brave? Why do we say that stepping away from the din of the web is an act of bravery? As compared to what? And why on earth did it feel brave? What does that say about my own mentality and view of my online presence?
Perhaps this notion that stepping away from blogging and social media is seen as brave when we have misplaced our significance. Bravery is not me being quiet.
To be fair, I think some meant brave as in, walking in obedience is brave. And in this way, I suppose I would say, yes, obedience to the Lord does take a certain amount of bravery. But even so, obedience is what we’re called to, the brave and terrified alike. <–Tweet this!
And yes, honestly, I was scared to take a break now, at this time. In my mind, this was not a good moment for this, but I’ve said no to God enough times to know better.
But the cure for a weary, wrung-out soul is not more time on facebook. Twitter won’t heal our hurting hearts or save our crushed spirits. When Pinterest only inspires self-loathing and doubt about our own talents and gifts, it’s time to walk away.
I’m so thankful for Shelly, who inspired and encouraged me to observe the Sabbth. In learning to let go for one day, I am finding freedom to let go for longer. My friend Michele-Lyn takes regular blogging breaks and by her inspiration I have scheduled my own. Monthly–an entire week offline.
But looking at my friends, I don’t see any of this as bravery. I see budding wisdom. I see obedience, and care for the calling placed on these women’s lives. Rest is critical and too easily forsaken in this never-sleeping cycle of online community.
Starting this April, I will be taking one week offline a month. I’ll admit to being anxious about it, but also excited. I know how good the rest has been for me, and I believe that if I keep to this, if I am obedient to this urging, the rewards will far outweigh the potential fall-out.
If I profess with my mouth that the Lord is Lord of my blog, but then work as if I control my own writing destiny, then I am a fool. The only way to hear Him, is to be quiet.
It’s 2 weeks until my next blogging break. I sorta can’t wait!
Have you considered scheduling regular social media or blogging breaks?
Tell me what your experiences have been. Leave a comment below.
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