Maybe you can do it over dinner one night, or try it out on a long car ride. No matter where, just invite your family to gather together and make a list of all the ways technology is great. Make sure to include the benefits to work, education, etc. Take your time and don’t leave anything out. Keep in mind – it is important for your kids to hear your contributions to this activity. Why?
- You will be connecting with them over their interest.
- You will be modeling gratitude.
- You will be showing them you don’t think technology is all bad; and this will lower their defenses.
Then, ask them this crucial question:
In this technological age, how and when do you take care of your soul?
After they stutter through some inadequate answers, it’s time to make another list together.
Jen’s Keeping Room Tips:
Ask everyone the following:
-How can you make it practical to take time away from technology each day so your spirit can be silent and listen to the whispers of God? (1 Kings 19:12; Ps. 46:10; Is. 42:5)
-How can you schedule regular time to be unplugged in God’s Creation in order to see and remember the details of His works and get to know Him better there? (Neh. 9:6; Ps. 19:1; 111:2-4; Is. 40:26)
-Which ways will you commit to engaging with the world by using only your bodily senses, stimulating your internal God-given creativity without the use of technology? (Ex. 31:1-11; 35:1-35; Ps. 34:8; Rom. 12:1)
-When will you make time to come away from social media and heal from the ways you’ve been hurt there? (Ps. 6:2, 147:3; Prov. 3:7-8; Song 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:7-11)
-How can you increase the skill of fully experiencing a person or event in the moment? (Ruth 1:16; Prov. 16:24; Mt. 2:10; Rom. 12:10; Gal. 6:2)
-When can you take breaks from technology in order to stay in God’s Word long enough for it to have a powerful impact for your life? (Ps. 119:62, 147; Jer. 23:29; Mt. 4:4; Jn. 6:35; Col. 3:16; Heb. 4:12)
-Ultimately, how will you enact personal discipline regarding technology, for the sake of your holistic well-being? (Deut. 8:5; Prov. 5:23, 25:28; 1 Cor. 9:27; Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Tim. 1:7, 3:2-4; Titus 2:11-13; Heb. 12:9-11; 2 Pet. 1:5-7; Rev. 3:19)
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Eccl. 3:1)