"What if I told you that every sin you are struggling with, every discouragement you are dealing with, even the lack of purpose you're living with are because of idolatry?"
-- Kyle Idleman, gods at war
Recently I read the book by the author above, gods at war. The book deals with the subject of idolatry, and it touched my heart in a way I wasn't expecting.
I admit, this year I was a whole lot more reluctant to do the media fast than I was last year. I had just started rereading the Harry Potter series again, and I wasn't ready to just let go of my books, among other things, for a month.
This problem arose much earlier than February, however. I remember how excited I was to find out one of top ten favorite books, Divergent, was going to become a movie. My best friend had just started reading the trilogy, and she and I had plans to see the movie at midnight for my birthday, because it came out in March. It took a while for that problem to kick in, however. I had forgotten March was media fast month, which meant no movie for Jael and I.
And when I realized that, it reminded me that the only TV show I had ever shown enough interest in, Once Upon a Time, was coming back in March.
I told myself there was no way I could do it this year. It would be too much work. I was making idols of these things, and it took me too long to realize that. A conversation with my mom helped me understand.
In our lives, we have dirty, helpless sheep that don't mean much to us, and then we have beautiful, award-winning, gleaming sheep that we put on our top shelf to admire. Remembering that love is sacrifice, and the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for us, I realized that in order to get closer to him, I first had to give up my gleaming sheep that was taking God's place. In my case, I would have to give up my books, my show, and my movie.
This month, I am so happy to have made the right choice. I want -- need -- God to be the center of my life, and he can help me sacrifice that beautiful sheep for Him.
Thank you all, and I pray everyone will have a great last half of the media fast!
What is a 30-Day Secular Media Fast?
What if the noise of godless media is drowning out the voice of God? Not all media is bad... but maybe the distraction away from God is making harder to hear and see God at work.
This is a journey of a group of high school students who have committed to take 30 days to focus on God through God-centered media. This includes TV, movies, books, magazines, smart phone apps, and many social media outlets.
Here, you can follow their stories, their lives, and their challenges. Feel free to leave comments and encouragement.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I know that I should have posted one of these forever ago, but I didn't, so I guess better now then never. Tomorrow marks the halfway point in the media fast and I can honestly say that this has been my most successful media fast I've ever done. Each year I've been successful in the fasting part of it, but this month I've read my bible so much, which is super exciting because that's always been one of my goals. These media-less Saturdays have given me plenty of extra time to spend in God's word. This month I've really focused on 2 Corinthians 5, so if you guys have any extra time you should check that out. Well, congrats on finishing the first half of the media fast and good luck to everyone in their final half!
It's hard to believe that we're almost done with the media fast! It has been pretty hard, and I have messed up a few times, but even then, stay strong. It has been fun to think that I haven't played video games for two weeks without it being a punishment. I think that even though it's almost halfway through, it will still be just as hard as the first half. It'll also be fun to contact our sponsors and tell them how we have done.
Friday, March 14, 2014
It's half way and I feel like I have grown closer to God. I enjoy finding new music to listen to and looking for verses that are influential also I found the picture that really caught my attention it said "with God we can face our giants" I can't wait to see the new movie coming out on the 21st called Gods Not Dead. 17 more says to go!!!
We are half way there!!! So far no media has not been a huge deal but the thing I miss most is music I have to constantly remind myself to not reach for my MP3 player but for my devotions instead. So far I am enjoying this month of no media. I have been going through a devotional called fashioned by faith. This devotional is about a Christian women who is a model. She wrote the devotional to not only tell her stories but also to inspire girls to model Christ in everything we do and say it has been inspiring to hear her struggles that led her to become the women she is today. I am looking forward to continuing this journey and seeing what God has to teach me.
Monday, March 10, 2014
This is my second official year doing the media fast. So far I have enjoyed looking through my bible for verses that grab my attention. I think that the verse that has stuck with me is Philippians 4:13 I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength. Songs that I have enjoyed listening to is Scandal of Grace and Oceans by Hillsong. Thank you for all the support!!!!
No media.... Most peers I talk to about this month say they would die without media. I actually am OK so far. I am actually enjoying having more time to focus on God. I think it's cool how I can explain to people at school what I am doing this month. God is opening doors I never thought would open
Sunday, March 9, 2014
I went to see the Movie Son of God, and it was much better than I expected. It was based and composed mostly from scenes from the mini series "The Bible". I compared it to "Passion of the Christ", and I think that Son of God was much better. It went through the life of Jesus in the most important parts, and the story was kind of introduced and ended by John, after all the other disciples of Jesus had died or been killed. It wasn't as touching as passion of the Christ had been, but it was just as good. Something I found hilarious, was that they edited satan out because he looked too much like Obama. I also thought that it was about time that another big christian movie came out. Anyways, I was planning on reading through Exodus to Numbers, but it was too hard to read Leviticus, so I'm going to skip it.