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.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Well, it's April 3rd and the Media Fast has been over for almost 4 days now. I would say for my first media fast, it went pretty well. I successfully fasted for 30 days, but can't deny that I wasn't being tested the whole way through it. Even on Sunday my family wanted to go to the movies saying, "It's only a day away, who cares." I got a lot of that this month, and I'm extremely thankful to all of those who acutally respected and encouraged my fasting, because I think it was that encouragment that kept me going strong and enthusiastic throughout the month. Especially in these last 4 days being back in the media, I realized how much the fast really did pull me closer to God. Over this month I was more productive both in general and in my faith. I started up a couple different bible plans with my YouVersion bible app and I'm really taking from them. I was doing a lot more deep reading with my bible and I watched as God worked within my life in March and beyond. I would say that the most challenging thing for me this month ended up being the music part, I love Christian music, I listen to it regularly, but by the end of the month I really missed my music. It wasn't until the end of the fast; however, that I really realized how meaningless a lot of the stuff I was doing with media was. I mean, sharing a good moment on instagram every once in a while is nice, but checking up on my different social media apps after the fast (mostly just to remove the notifications), I was scrollingt through thinking about the fact that I didn't care much for the random pictures and statuses. Now when it comes to communication I think that's entirely different. Apps like kik or snapchat where people are talking specifically to me about something that actually matters- those were the apps I missed because I think it's important to socialize and have good realtionships or connections with people. Point is, I actually did take from the fast; I'm still staying involved with my bible, maintaining a strong relationship with God, and while I'm still on media occasionally, I'm limiting it. I want to give a huge thank you to my family, supporters, sponsors, and fellow fasters; you were all a huge help throughout the fast.