Here is the study sheet for media week. It will be a very tough week for a lot of us. Take a challenge that will work for you. For some of us, going cold turkey with media will not work. If that’s you, just drastically reduce what you do. Click the link below for a PDF version of the study sheet if you want to print it out.
OVERVIEW: This week we will consider how media affects our lives, the lives of those we love and the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives. As each new media is introduced into culture, we are told how this will make our lives fuller, richer and easier – but does it? Wise use of media does improve our lives, but so often we let technology control and consume us and our time. Your time is sacred and during this week you will have the opportunity to slow down and listen to yourself, those you love and God.
MISSIONAL OPPORTUNITY: By reducing media you will have additional time. Ask God to show you someone you can serve in a meaningful way. (Examples: Take a meal to someone who is sick, send a card to someone who is hurting or lonely, offer to rake leaves for someone who is elderly, etc. Be creative, listen to God’s “nudges.”)
INVENTORY: Evaluate the time you spend on, put a mark on the line where you think you are.
TV/Radio No time at all________________________________________________Way to much time!
Playing Video Games No time at all________________________________________________Way to much time!
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram No time at all________________________________________________Way to much time!
Texting/Phone No time at all________________________________________________Way to much time!
Internet Surfing/ Email No time at all________________________________________________Way to much time!
POSSIBLE CHALLENGE: (Choose one or create your own)
- Reduce considerably the amount of time spent using various medias & technology.
- Eliminate T.V
- Eliminate games
- Eliminate internet surfing
- Eliminate texting
- Eliminate facebook
- Other ideas:
What challenge will you take?
Why did you choose this particular one?
Thursday: Psalm 90: 1-17
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.(Psalm 90:12,NIV)
- What am I spending too much time on? Where do I want to pay particular attention and improve the quality and possibilities in my life?
Friday: Hebrews 12: 1- 12
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out of us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2a,NIV)
- What is most difficult for me to reduce?
Saturday: I Corinthians 10:23-33
Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well. (I Corinthians 10:23-24, The Message)
- What seemed impossible for me to eliminate? Why?
Sunday: WORSHIP & REST
Monday: I Samuel 12: 20-25
Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.(I Samuel 12:21, NIV)
- In your life how has media pushed God aside? How?
Tuesday: Philippians 4:4-9
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
(Philippians 4:8-9, The Message)
- How did this week’s experiences affect your life?
- What lasting changes have I considered making because of this week’s study?
“The dangerous part of our social media and technology saturated world
is not its existence but what it distracts us from.” (Jan Hatmaker)