Unplugging

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world,but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."  Romans 12:2


Being 'unplugged' isn't just about media.

It's about every aspect of life.  We need to question every little part of our culture and put it to test against biblical principles and God's standards. As a family we are desperately seeking this full, rich, Christ-led life.

I think media can and is being used in powerful ways to create waves of good in our world.  I do, however, think it needs to be closely monitored and challenged.  Especially by those of us who want to live our lives on purpose.

Unplugging to me means daring to pull the connector to this 'world' and cling to something completely counter-cultural.  To say, "As for me and my family, we will server the Lord... we will stay close to Jesus and His views on how we should live in 2016 and all our days..."


For our family, Unplugging isn't just about all the things we don't do, watch, buy.  It's about all the things we GAIN because we are not consumed by culture.

For a long time, I had a piece of paper with the verse, "I will set before my eyes no vile thing" on the screens in our home.  


We've since tossed those screens.  Now, we strive to use Philippians 4:8 as a marker for the kind of media, culture, and life we bring into our home -

 

"Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."


Our world and the current culture just don't reflect the heart of God at large.  So, we choose to unplug from what the 'world' thinks as best we can... even if it means we're very different from the majority.  It's okay.  We've learned to get used to it.  And we've come to learn, there are lots of you out there just like us.  *wink*








14 comments:

  1. love love love this! thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow, very convicting! I especially love your lost "We live a slower lifestyle." Sometimes I feel like I need permission to slow down! I don't know what keeps me. What sort of "screen time" do you allow your children? This is most certainly a battle for us. We only allow them 30min to 45min on tv in the morning and it is always a DVD (Milo & Otis, Veggie Tales, Hermie) They are 3 and 5.

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  3. Hey Jenn, totally get where you're coming from. This "Unplugging" page was written ages ago and I think some updating was in order (I did it just now). I guess to say 'educational programming' wouldn't always fit. I WOULD consider Curious George fairly educational... but... needless to say, there are times our kids watch Madeline or Pingu, which aren't really very educational!!! HA... changed my wording to be more specific and avoid any dishonesty with readers. The kids are allowed to watch little programs that are alright with hubby and I - most are very mellow - I'd say preschool level... or movies with real animals like Homeward Bound or Milo and Otis... Veggies and Hermie are also some of our faves!!! Thanks Jenn! XO

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  4. Awesome! Thank you Cassandra! I'm definitely on movie-patrol in our home. I do sometimes let them watch PBS, but I am not opposed to DVDs because I feel like I have more control (with both viewing and time) even over DVR. I'm finding one DVD in the morning is enough, although I am guilty of putting in a second in the afternoon during the winter months. Thank you so much for your encouragement!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have struggled with living a slower life for some time and though we have made some strides we are far from where I feel we should be. I keep thinking if we move it will be easier but in my heart don't think that is the solution. I am trying to press into to him through prayer to lead me. Just nice to hear there are other families out there that value this different life. You are encouraging and I am ready to take yet another step! Thanks!

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  6. Just out of curiosity, how do your kids watch DVDs with no visible screens in the house?

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  7. My family and I are getting ready to take the plunge ourselves and get rid of TV. It's a scary adjustment, I'm not sure why, but we are excited to see what it will bring for our family. Your blog has been such an inspiration, and I believe that God is definitely using you to help enrich the lives of others. Thanks for sharing! God Bless!

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  8. Amen! I'm actually on the cusp of making the same decision to 'unplug' from cable tv... I believe it's a worthy decision, and an excellent way to provide more time and space for much more valuable activities. I am often 'plugged' into the internet, but I make a point of also sharing with my ten year old, that I do so in order to do research about my beliefs and philosophy in order to strengthen my faith, and to share information (usually by means of blogging) to help share the gospel:)There is much valuable media available online that is helpful in sharing God's message, including causes such as Nurture A Child Uganda:D May God bless your 'unplugged' lifestyle decision, as you have exchanged it for a lifes that is plugged into God. May He bless you and your family greatly:)

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  9. I pretty much agree with your blog, especially the living on purpose comment. Yes, I strive and struggle to live each day 'on purpose' and hopefully with purpose. I also monitor extremely closely what my kids watch and read and see on the internet. I have thought of getting rid of the tv , however, have come to this conclusion. If I am choosing how to spend the hours of each day that God gives me , then I must be disciplined and active in that choosing. I also want to teach my kids that inner discipline as much as possible! (tough one!) Unplugging cable is not what I would choose unless it becomes a financial issue. This is the reason: Net work (local, non cable)tv is flat out disgusting for the most part and fairly worthless altogether. On our cable I have gone thru the channel choices and very carefully blocked any and all channels that are obviously offensive. Then as we are watching different things I have found a few channels that have enough garbage mixed in to block them as well. So, selection again wins out. At least with cable when we do watch something there really are alot of good choices for family viewing; Waltons, Little House on Prairie; McQuin Medicine Woman; LOTS and LOTS of Christian programming. Yes, I watch Christian programming and I am selective there as well. There are some really good kids Christian programming available. I love my Christian Tv and would be very sad to lose it. And the truth of the matter is that we do want to know at least the basics of what is going on in the world. .. .Yes, Fox News and the 700 Club!. So, I guess it all continues to come down to personal choice and personal discipline of our time and attentions.

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  10. I really love your blogs TIffany. I read every time you post and always feel uplifted or that I've learned something. Thank you for including scripture in your blog as well because I get my short fix of God through you and your blog! Thanks again.Christian tv

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  11. I really like this post. As a muslim I also strive to live a more simple life, protecting our eyes and hearts from bad things.

    We haven't completely tossed out the tv yet, but we definitly don't watch as much tv as we used to. Looking forward to exploring your blog some more :-)

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  12. Thank you so much. I pray you are blessed by the pages of this blog. :)

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  13. Love it!!! Thanks you! We're just getting started and this "unplugged plug" is very encouraging! :)

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