It's called, "A Hunger for God" by John Piper.
I'm reading it in preparation for a Journey Group I will lead on Thursdays during Lent.
I'm also reading it to ready my heart for Lent.
Piper has so many quotable lines...
"Christian fasting is a test to see what desires control us." p.19
"Fasting reveals the measure of food's mastery over us--or television or computers or whatever we submit to again and again to conceal the weakness of our hunger for God." p.20
"If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk too deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." p. 23
That last line has been haunting me. Let me state it as a question...
Is my soul so stuffed with small things that there is no room for the great?
I want to find out.
For me, social media, even more than food, represents the nibbling that is killing my appetite.
So, starting tomorrow (March 5, 2014), I'll be signing off until Easter (April 20).
It's time for a detox of my soul.
I debated saying anything. I believe such practices should be observed without fanfare (Matthew 6:16-18). Here's my dilemma. I comment a lot. I "Like Button" a lot. I post a lot. If I disappear, you may misread my intent. This is about me, not you. My soul nibbles way too much, and in doing so, I think I may be missing out on a deeper connection with God, and that is truly what my life is about.
So, the plan is now through Easter. No Facebook or Twitter, no Fourquare check-ins. Instagram is killing me, which tells me I need to do that one too. I thought about blogging the experience...but even that will go silent. This needs to be a technological wilderness experience. Phone and email will remain, but that's only because I do still have a job!
So, while many of you gorge on Paczkis today, getting in your last sugar fix, I've been scanning statuses and liking everything I can as I prepare for 50 days in the digital desert.
Pray for me, not just to resist temptation, but to connect with God at a level that I have not in a long time. Hopefully by the next time I check in the snow will have melted and the building will be started!
Don't know how I'll make it without Bob's weather reports.
Guess I'm about to find out.