“Pearls of sunshine on my bed
dance about my waking head.
Rhythm, the rhythm, the rhythm of my day.
My tummy gets hungry for something to eat,
here comes my yum yum a delightful treat.
Rhythm, the rhythm, the rhythm of my day.”
These are the first six lines of one of my kids’ favorite books. I have read the words so many times that I typed them from memory! One night when I was reading them this book, I realized something…
We all have a rhythm to our lives–things that we do every day without thinking about them. Our lives are dictated by habits. Brushing our teeth, driving the same way to work or school, or picking up our smartphones before we get out of bed are all rhythms that we’ve added to our lives over time. The problem is, that most people never stop and ask the questions:
1. Are the rhythms I’m adding to my life good for me?
2. Do the rhythms I’m adding to my life help me draw closer to Jesus, become a better friend, or help me make a difference in the world?
This is especially important as it relates to media consumption. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average teenager spends 7:34 hours every day consuming media. That’s a full time job! That’s also a rhythm they are adding to their lives. The question is, are technology and media helping us become better Christ-followers, students, or family members? Or is technology and media getting in the way?
I’m convinced that our ability to make a difference in the world could come down to how much media we consume. Media is not bad. Technology is not bad. In fact, in many ways technology can help us draw closer to Jesus or make a bigger difference in the world. But that’s not how most people are using technology. Instead, they are using technology to keep up-to-date with their favorite sports teams or hide themselves in video games. They are watching hours of TV every day, or spending years of their lives on social media.
I was addicted to my smartphone. So I decided to go 1o Days Without Media, it was a powerful experiment and changed my habits regarding media and technology consumption. Maybe you should go a certain amount of time without media–like a weekend, maybe? (There’s an entire chapter devoted to this in the book that you can buy on Tuesday! Hint. Hint.)
Our ability to make a difference in the world could come down to how much media we consume. It’s time that we take a break from media, and let our brains refresh and focus on what’s important in life.
What rhythms are you adding to your life? Are they good rhythms? Comment below and continue the discussion…