The last year or so has been a whirlwind of activity for me. Not only has my life gotten busier getting ready for college, I’ve seen myself growing in ways I didn’t know I could grow in! One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is learning to make my own decisions.
In November of 2010 when my family and I first went to Christian Berdahl’s music seminar we left with a commitment to fast from media for 90 days-in all it’s forms; TV, social networking, email, video, music, stories…Read the Bible and study books, do what’s necessary for school and work, and leave the rest alone! The problem with this was that not all of us were committed. My Father who had not attended most of the seminar had no interest in the challenge, and my little sister was dependent on music to go to sleep at night. Needless to say we gave up within a couple weeks-even those of us who started the challenge and had intended on finishing!
Fast forward half a year to YD camp 2011. Christian Berdahl was one of the speakers for Mission/Music camp and at campfire one night he challenged us Young Disciples to the 90-day media fast. My whole unit stood, but I had a problem: I’d tried this before and failed! After the meeting I went to Christian, briefly told him my situation and asked him what to do. This was his answer “How many people did Daniel and Joseph have with them?” Hmmmm…that’s a question I wasn’t sure I wanted to answer so I said “Not very many” to which he replied “NONE!” He told me it would be hard, but that I could do it. Stay in God’s Word and pray for strength! If the TV or music was on…go outside! (I didn’t mention music at bedtime… 🙂 ) It was all my choice what books I read and even though my family is often behind computers I could decide whether to be part of that or not. He encouraged us before we left on Sunday to ask our families for a commitment to family time-find something better to do!
This time the commitment was mine. None of my family wanted to try again and family time only lasted less than a week, but I didn’t let it bother me! Some were amazed that I thought I could possibly stay off Facebook for 3 months! Goes to show how my priorities were set. I did succeed in the challenge. At bedtime I simply folded my pillow in half-with my head in the middle-and that kept me from hearing the music. (My siblings kept it low for me.) I finished a book I’d been working on for a long time (The Desire of Ages) and found lots of time for Bible reading and prayer. I even stayed off FB though a couple times I went to the login screen, I never logged in. Praise God! And during the challenge Jonathon had bought an awesome CD and I was very excited when I could listen to it!! 😉
This (along with some other things) has taught me some very valuable lessons. One day I’ll be on my own without my parents there to make choices for me, and besides that I’ve learned that there is no power in my parents’ choice. There is no power in the preacher’s choice. There is no power in “going with the flow”. But there is power in Jesus Christ when we as individuals make a choice and depend on Him to help us fulfill our commitments!
Do you have any experiences where you learned that it’s your choice that really matters? I’d love to hear!
Until next time,