As stated in my last post, I proposed a one year challenge. Thus far, I have received several emails, phone calls and messages across the U.S. from those who are taking this challenge. Keep up the good work! Its funny to think that there are “challenges” for just about everything now a days; weight loss challenges, reading 100 books challenge, no red meat challenge, 1000 push up challenge, etc. However, for the sake of the “game” and yet for the purpose of spiritual growth, allow me to present to you a new challenge, it’s called the 31 DAY NEXT LEVEL CHALLENGE.
With the mindset of spiritual growth and maturity, the 31 day “Next Level” challenge will by no stretch of the imagination allow for growth as well as discipline. One of the greatest “time thieves” for today’s student and adult is that of social media (i.e; Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube etc). Check out these stats: There are 2.1 billion internet users in the World. 800 million use Facebook. 200 million will join Facebook by the end of the year. There are 225 million Twitter accounts, with 250 million tweets going out per day. There are 2.4 billion social networking accounts worldwide. The average American spends 20 hours a week online. These hours are equivalent to a part-time job!
Yet the average American Christian knows no more than 6 Scriptures by memory (excluding John 3:16). It looks like its time to take our walk with Christ to a whole “New Level”! Therefore I propose to you the 31 Day “Next Level” Challenge. For the next 31 days, this challenge consists of no internet (except for work, or homeschooling), no Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. No secular music, but a focus on worship, Christian music, etc, for 31 days. The hours you would have spent surfing the net, chatting online, listening to Lady Gaga, or playing video games, will now be replaced with a focus on study of the Bible, devotionals, private worship and/or studying specific theological questions you may have had for years. Basically, you can consider this a “spiritual cleansing and detox”. For some of us, this challenge might be rather difficult and there may be some who might “fall off the wagon” so to speak. This challenge is not for the weak at heart, but what it will do, is show us how dependent of the internet and social media we have become.
So, are you up for the challenge? Does this sound too “old school”? Does it sound “too religious”? Well, only you can answer that one. But if you are serious about going to the “Next Level” spiritually, this challenge will sure help get you there. It’s all a matter of perspective and priority. Do whatever it takes to put away the things that so easily entangles us and run the race (Hebrews 12:1-2)! God speed!