Living in a digital age has brought with it countless challenges for each of us to face.
I wrestle with these daily.
Some days I’m over the moon in gratitude for the existence of social media, and some days I’m quite sure I should just give it all up and live more like a turtle in my own little shell.
I’ve made all of the rules for myself and I’ve tried it both ways- I can honestly say that there is good and a bad to be found in both.
But here’s the question that I really think we need to ask when it comes to living with our phones...
I’m starting to make the habit of asking myself, “Where is my focus and what is it meant to be on?”
This question puts a lot into perspective and then gives me the ability to make the right choices in my day.
Now, do I always take the time to stop and ask this? No.
Do I always make the right choices after I ask this? No.
But facing this question head on has been the most helpful trick for me in keeping technology in a healthy place.
Your phone brings distractions whether or not you like it. Anyone who has your number has now been given access to your day, and beyond that into the social media world. Add it all up and it’s no wonder we're constantly pulled in several different directions.
I know that I was created for a purpose, and if I get an A+ in responding to everything and keeping up with my phones demands then chances are pretty high that I’m not fully living out my main purpose in life.
The truth is, the faces that are right in front of me will always be the most important and the ministry that happens via eye contact is the one that should have the highest importance.
So here is my goal:
To first love the people that God has put right in front of me, and then let true overflow go into the wonderful people in cyber space.
Maybe schedule in time to catch up on messages and emails. Maybe take a quick break a couple of times a day to respond to your texts and calls.
Living by the demands of your technology will never lead to abundant and purposeful living.
Jesus placed me in this moment for a specific purpose and I don’t want to waste it all away because my phone lit up.
Giving a quick response or staying up to date on the world might win you some of their approval, but it could cost you the God given opportunities of that one little moment that's gone and never to return.
This is my goal, not what I have yet attained. Will you chase after it with me?