Going Off the Grid
I don’t come from a worship tradition that places much value in liturgy. Its not something that was even on my radar for the first 30-35 years of my life. However, over the past few years, I have come to appreciate the opportunity liturgy and the ‘liturgical year’ offers to set a cadence or rhythm of life that is centered on the person of Jesus and the powerful acts of God. Too often I find my life being swept along by various ‘seasons’ that have little or nothing to do with God. At best I become inattentive to the importance of centering all of life on things that matter, things that last forever.
While I am far from being an accomplished liturgist (not sure that’s really a word), I have dabbled a bit. We’ve done some things the past two years to engage our family in activities and conversations during Advent, and I have journeyed along with a few friends and Anglican brethren through the season of Lent on more than one occasion. This year we are planning to live out Lent as a family in an attempt to step out of the sweeping torrent of our American lives and into a life shaped by the humble and sacrificial life of Christ.
One of the big commitments we are making, beginning this week on Ash Wednesday, is going off the grid. What does that mean for us? It means giving up the comforts of TV, video games, social media, and other digital distractions in order to re-engage with God, each other, and the people around us in new and deeper ways. Only for the purposes of work and homework will our ‘devices’ be in use. Everything else will be done ‘offline’. My hope for this journey is that we will:
- Recognize our unhealthy habits related to technology.
- Reorient our lives to our identity as a family called by God to His eternal purposes.
- Recognize the value and joy that comes from spending time together as a family creating, playing, serving, and sharing.
- Rekindle relationships that in recent months we have not made time for.
To be honest, its a bit daunting and exciting all at the same time. Easter is a long ways away. To go without something that has become a centerpiece of our daily routines won’t be easy. But I look forward to opportunities that will come with this liberation.
So if you’re used to receiving an occasional blog or Facebook post, or an infrequent Tweet, you’ll have to do without for 40 or so days. I may pre-load a few reflections on the season of Lent and schedule them over the next few weeks. Either way, I look forward to debriefing the experience April 21st.
Do you participate in Lent? I’d love to know what you’re planning.Image Credit: offgridkindred.wordpress.com