Some of the best ideas aren’t your own.

Here is one that isn’t, but it is totally worth listening to.

Kamyar Adl // fllickr
Kamyar Adl // fllickr

Christians have struggled with the notion of Sabbath for a long time.

What does it mean when God commands that we keep the Sabbath?

How are we supposed to keep it holy?

Does that mean that we don’t do any work? Is there some work that is acceptable to do on the Sabbath?

Or does the Sabbath matter at all, because we are under the new covenant, not the old?

While the debate continues to go on and on, I’m sure that we can all agree on this.

We all need a break.

We all need a time of rest.

We all need a separation from the chaos of normal life.

This post modern world is crazy. There is always a million things being thrown at our faces.

Emails, notifications, alerts, text messages, blogs: these are always trying to get your attention.

We are always on the go. Go, go, go and don’t stop. Because the moment you stop you are going to be overwhelmed by a mountain of things you should have done.

We are so busy with all the things, all the technology, all the business that we are all missing out on one very important thing; we are missing out on life.

Life should not be this way.

Life should not be a hustle and bustle without any rest.

Life should not be a long stare into the computer screen.

Life should consist of so much more than our jobs and our social media.

The problem is that we don’t realize it. Or we don’t know how to change our lives so that they aren’t that way.

Thankfully someone else realized this as well, and already started a revolution of change.

My family is jumping on this bandwagon, and I think that you should too.

It is called TECH SABBATH, and it is a solution to our chaotic, technology driven world.

A recent article from artofmanliness.com told us how this all got started.

In 2003, a small group of Jewish artists, writers, filmmakers, and media professionals wanted to find a way to slow down in an increasingly hectic world. They developed The Sabbath Manifesto, a creative project designed to encourage people to take a weekly day of rest from their technology.

Taking a weekly Tech Sabbath allows us to step off this wheel of endless sameness. It’s a ritual that pushes us out of the norm, to pursue different activities, and use different parts of our brains. In so doing, it refreshes and rejuvenates our minds and spirits. It provides the motivation to unhook our wired craniums from the matrix of cyberspace and explore the pleasures of the real world.

You can read the whole article from artofmanliness.com here.

While this Tech Sabbath was founded by Jewish individuals, it can translate to Christianity with relative ease.

It can be shaped to fit any individual, any family, any faith group and still hold to the initial idea: to unplug, to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.

Even on the Tech Sabbath website, sabbathmanifesto.org , it states that there are 10 principles that are completely open to your unique interpretation.

And so I have, my family has.

I’ve broken down the Tech Sabbath so that my family could participate in it and enjoy it in all of its fullness.

While breaking it down into the 5 W’s and an H may sound childish, I found that it really helped to establish why we wanted to and why we needed to do this.

This is something that the church needs to be practicing more often, something that the church needs to be more active in doing.

So here is how we will do our Tech Sabbaths.

I hope that this educates you on how a tech free day may be beneficial, and inspire you to tackle your own Tech Sabbath.

WHO: The Rivett Family, and possibly whoever is visiting us on a Sunday/Tech Sabbath

WHEN: Every Sunday, if you are still saying it is Sunday, it is still Tech Sabbath

WHERE: Within the Rivett domain, inside our house, outside our house; anywhere we go on Sunday/Tech Sabbath

HOW: No TV, movies, or video games : cell phones are allowed to be used but only for phone calls, text messages and taking pictures or video : no games or social media apps are allowed : no checking emails : after phone calls, text messages or picture/video taking, cell phones must be put away, either on the chargers or in the key basket

WHAT: Tech Sabbath is a purposeful discipline to avoid and unplug ourselves from technology every Sunday : Tech Sunday is a willful decision to let go of the digital ties that bind us and help us to live in a calmer and more natural way : Tech Sabbath is an opportunity to invest time, effort or energy into non-tech related interests, such as sports, music, the arts or nature : Tech Sabbath is a choice to live with and engage in a more personal family life, not through the means of technology, but in a more intimate and present physical way.

WHY: We want to implement Tech Sabbath because we want life to slow down. To do that, we are being purposeful and deliberate in giving ourselves a break from the busyness of the technology driven world : We want to give proper attention to our spiritual need for rest. Giving ourselves a time away from the calling chaos will be a wonderful start to enjoying a much needed rest : We want to give proper attention to our spiritual responsibilities, as leaders of ministries. Technology can be a large distraction from our Christian duties. Taking a break from technology once a week frees up our time to pray, prepare and plan with God and His people : We want to give proper attention to our friends and family. Friends and family are too important to be left without real, intimate contact. While technology is wonderful for reaching out to those that are far off, it shouldn’t be the avenue to close with those living near by. Taking a break will give us time where family and friends can be enjoyed the way there were created to be : We want to discipline ourselves as an act of obedience to God and His Law. We are not bound to our possessions or technology. Taking this break will ensure we are free from this potential bondage and observing God as Lord over all and His Word as Law.

As much as my family needs this, so do a lot of other families.

If the needs, wants and desires that I desired here mirror your own, I would encourage you to start a Tech Sabbath of your own.

Make your own rules, your own guidelines.

Make your own break from technology and enjoy some rest.

Shalom.

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