My Own “10 Days Without”
I haven’t read this book yet but I want to. From the short interview and the sample pages on Amazon I believe that it would be well worth it when I can. The premise of the book was for the author to go 10 days without certain things.
The one that really hit me was the idea of distractions (see Words of Conviction). I have developed the habit of watching TV episodes off the internet (I don’t own a TV or have cable service) and movies (online and DVDs) when I get bored or lonely. It is a hard habit for me to break. I’ve had limited successful attempts at times but nothing lasting.
So in the vein of the ideas talked about in The Power of Habit, I need to do an experiment and find something else to do when I get the urge to or actually start to let myself get distracted by media. Believe me I have enough things in my life that I want, or need, to do to keep me busy.
Now let me be clear. This is not a comment on anyone else’s life or their entertainment choices. This is simply an issue I struggle with and want to do something different. I’ve talked about this a lot over the years, so now it is really time for me to start to do something about it. For me, it goes back to a quote I have from John MacArthur.
Sin is what you do when you aren’t satisfied with God.
I want to honor God in what I do, so I’m going to start in one area where I struggle. I’ll keep track of my progress below and add any insights I gain through the process. Please pray for me through these next 10 days. Thanks.
Day, Daniel Ryan. 10 Days Without: Daring Adventures In Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You. First Edition. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2013. [Christianbook] [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] [Alibris]
Progress and Reflections
✓ = Done; + = Partial; X = Missed
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— see the comments for my Reflections.