Dark Week Recap

Plug So last week this time, I was in the final day of my seven day Go Dark week in which I turned off all electronics for the week other than some predefined exceptions (at work, etc.). This is the second summer that I did “Go Dark” week and the experience, though similar in many respects, also was markedly different.  I suppose first though I should start by confessing my shortcomings.

  • Late Saturday Night my wife needed help with work she does for the High School Sports program.  They were having a meeting Sunday afternoon, and she needed the accounts reconciled before then.  I had planned for everything I needed to do, but I didn’t plan for what my wife needed.  I had to turn my computer on for about a hour to help her with that.
  • There was one day where I was expecting a personal e-mail, and I ended up checking my e-mail more often than I had laid out in my original plan.
  • I didn’t remember what I said in my rules about text messaging, and frankly I haven’t gone back and looked.  I did send a handful of messages to my wife by text message during the week.

There, I feel better now having admitted that.  So, what did I do with my Dark Week?  I read! I read a lot.  Just for fun, here are the books I read:

  1. Blue Like Jazz…Donald Miller
  2. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity…Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof
  3. To the Rising Generation: Addresses Given to Children and Young Adults…Jonathan Edwards
  4. Turning Your Child’s Failures Into Success…Jim Wideman
  5. The Ultimate Children’s Ministry Survival Guide…Ivy Beckwith
  6. The Kidology Handbook…Karl Bastian (started)
  7. Created to Learn…William Yount (started)
  8. Rock Solid Teacher…Gregory C. Carlson (started)
  9. Morning & Evening…C.H. Spurgeon – I did a lot of catching up in this one.  It’s a daily devotional.  I was doing well at the beginning of the year, but I fell behind and stopped reading sometime in May.  I got all but a couple of week caught up.

I did a lot of additional reading I had printed out – research, curriculum, etc. and caught up on some back issues of magazines I hadn’t read.

In addition to all that, I got a couple of months of lesson plans for Sunday morning at least preliminarily mapped out.  I got a lot of praying done too.  It’s amazing how easy it is to find time to talk to God without all the distractions and noise.

So, I mentioned that it was a lot different this year too.  Last year I was a little worried about whether or not I could stick to the plan.  This year I was really looking forward to the week as a means of winding down.  It wasn’t nearly as “hard” this year, but I think that had a lot do with knowing that I could get through it and knowing the benefits of unplugging.  By Friday night, I was ready to plug back in, but when I did I realized that it had definitely lost its pull.  I actually considered going two weeks this summer.

Anyhow, it was definitely a worthwhile week and something that I am planning on doing again next summer.  I know of a couple of people who were talking about going along with Go Dark week this summer.  If you did, leave a comment below and let us know how it went!

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