THIS consumes me…so I’m changing.

While I was at East Campus Sunday, Jared taught at West Campus on worship and our idols.  I listened to his message yesterday and it was really good for me.  (East campus, you will get it this Sunday!)  He defined worship as what “consumes” us and after a little thought, a rough season, and a conversation with a great friend tonight I’ve decided to take what I think is a spiritual leap…to make a change.

I’ll evaluate it in a month to see what difference it has made for me.

What consumes me?  It may sound odd, but I know my tendencies.  It is EMAIL.  Don’t laugh. I might actually have a mild addiction to it.  I get a lot of it (about 100/day) and I actually get energy from making progress through it.  But with every message I feel this need to reply, give my input on something or leave it in my inbox until I can get to it “later”.  Whenever that is… 

It is that thing in my life that I do as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed and when I have a free moment after dinner…oh yeah, and at the office too.  And because I never get my inbox hovers between 25 and 100 items..and my inbox defaults as my “to-do list”…it ALWAYS hangs over me.

Of course email is not evil, but it doesn’t have to be.  The thing that consumes me is mostly good…it just gets in the way of more important things, much more important things.

So…for the month of September, I’m fasting from email.  A total fast is unrealistic and failure waiting to happen, so I’m setting these boundaries…

1.  I’ll eventually read all the email sent to me, but don’t count on me to do it immediately.  If something is truly urgent…call me.

2.  Much of it won’t get replied to at all.

3.  My assistant, Cindy, gets all my email.  She will handle almost all replies for me when one is necessary. 

And one other note…I’ve totally given up on managing my inbox in Facebook…that is just a black hole I have no intention of replying to.

I may hate this and go back to my old ways at the end of the month, but I’ll never know unless I choose to make a change.  And I really look forward to seeing better things…more important things…consume me.

~ by Greg Lee on September 3, 2009.

3 Responses to “THIS consumes me…so I’m changing.”

  1. I am very impressed and backing that decision 100%.. I have lessened my time on blogs, facebook, email etc. You said it profoundly, “call me” the human voice and touch far out weighs the 100 emails and inbox correspondence. I don’t believe in heaven their is internet… 🙂

  2. A few months ago I fasted from facebook for three days, and now spend far less time on it that I did. I back you completely on this.

  3. I think this is great – I opted to fast from un-needful shopping for me and all in my family for 3 months but think I’m going to introduce this as well. Thanks for the idea. Now if only I can get Cindy to read and respond to all my emails… hmmmmmmm. 🙂

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