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Have I gone too far?

How far is too far?
Have we crossed the line?
Can we be too connected?

Yes, this is a continuation from yesterday’s post… sort of.

Today, the second official day off my full social media fast, I started an account on Posterous. I also added more links in my WordPress profile, linked some more of my different platforms together, and tweeted, four-squared, instagramed, pathed, and Facebook-status-updated my way through the day.

On the way home I was listening to a segment on NPR about the integration of Facebook with other media outlets, allowing for more integration between our personal lives, social connections, entertainment options and consumer habits. Many have voiced their concern for lack of privacy and a fear of the gathering of too much personal information. Even today, someone made a comment to me about being off the grid.

Where is all this headed?

Have we gone too far?
Where is the line?
Can we be too connected?

Thoughts?

Back in Black… or Red…

Over the last week or so I have slowly slipped back into the Social Media Universe. Yeah, I was gone for close to a month. Did you miss me? (Probably not.) I almost blogged/Tweeted/status-updated the fact that I was going silent for some time; but then I thought about the fact that I would be drawing attention to myself and the fast (which we shouldn’t do). So, I just unplugged.

This was difficult, considering that my full-time job is a Social Media Manager. It’s like fasting food while a waiter at a restaurant, or fasting caffeine while a barista… done both. So, the rule was no personal social media. No Facebook. No Twitter. No FourSquare. No Instagram. No Path. You get the point. (Note: During this time I did break the fast for two tweets. They were on consecutive Sundays. The first was when Tim Tebow beat the Steelers in overtime. The second was when the New England Patriots beat Tim Tebow the following week.)

During this time a lot has happened personally. I am no longer am a barista at The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, I now work a full 40 hours a week at Creation Today, our launch team for our new church plant is into the double digits with a young family it he mix, and my wife is pregnant. Okay, that last part is not true.

It’s amazing how sensitive you become to the Holy Spirit when you begin to remove distractions from your life. I have noticed how much I “connect” myself to others via all these different platforms, yet in the process, tend to wane in the one “connection” that I truly can’t live without. My desire and longing for the Holy Spirit, and His ever-growing power in my life, has increased beyond any level than it has ever been before. I say that like there is a meter, or measuring stick that measures the depth of yearning. You can’t quantify it with any measuring tool, but it is something that is clearly either more or less; and interestingly enough, you only really notice when it is more. In English… The more we set time aside for communication with God, the more sensitive we become to the Holy Spirit; and the more sensitive we become to the Holy Spirit, the more we realize that we lived so long less sensitive to Him.

Not really sure why I just wrote that. This was not planned. Maybe that was for you? (I think that was a demonstration of what I was talking about… I honestly didn’t plan on blogging about this today…)

When a fire is burning in your belly, you know it. That fire has been fanned and I want more or God. That’s really what it comes down to, and not really sure where that is going to lead; but I’m excited to see what happens next.

Living in anticipation

Steve

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