A new morning starts.
I wake up to greet the day, and start the coffee to brew. Email is first. I scroll through countless sales alerts and articles to read - saving a few, deleting the rest.
As I wait for my pour-over to drain the last few drops, I tap over to Instagram and start a long stream of stories. Stories from people I love and hold dear, but stories also from the random person I’ve never met.
After I grow tired of that, I start to scroll.
I scroll to see how each friend spent the final hours of the previous day. I scroll to see the many things that I have not and everyone must have-or so it seems. I scroll to see pictured perfection in small square form and I’ve subconsciously set the impossible standard for myself and the day that I’ve just barely began.
Coffee poured and beginning to clear the fog from my brain. I make my way to Facebook and after a quick scroll to see a landslide of articles on topics I didn’t even care to know existed, I finally click off, only gaining the helpful knowledge of how to make a brownies in five different ways, and that there’s yet another crazy out there who decided to cause yet another tragedy, and the world is still obsessed with every type of dog.
This is the morning cycle that has been mine on countless days and maybe you can relate to it as well.
Don’t mention the countless times the phone is grabbed as a rescue me from awkward moments of waiting in line, or simply to fulfill my need for something for my restless hands to do.
We grab and we scroll. We scroll for no purpose at all.
And in the same day that I grab and scroll countless times, I find myself speaking the words, “I wish I had more time.”
I’ve always had this desire to be a forever learner. Someone who continuously gains helpful and useful knowledge to be more equipped for the tasks God gives.
We’ve been given a world to explore and minds to explore it with. What is my excuse? A simple lack of time?
So I decide to try something new. I delete my biggest time spender apps for most daytime hours, then click over to search for their replacements.
Geography and language learning. Two things I’ve told the world that I’d love to learn and improve.
I click to download and for the rest of the day I’m sabotaging French words to siblings in the kitchen and failing miserably at the capital cities in Asia.
There’s a reason I felt the need to get acquainted with these two little apps.
Friend I implore you, what is it that you want to learn and do? If your dilemma resembles mine then maybe try simply exchanging the way you spend your time.
We may not know just where our God will lead us on this road, but I feel that geography and foreign languages might be of better use to my mind than knowing five different ways to make a brownie, or the fact that you can now be the owner of a forever miniature husky, according to today's Facebook report.
Let's be a band of learners and doers, not simply restless Instagram scrollers. Let's join together and be those who are ready to be used by the King to bring a heavenly impact to this vast and beautiful world.
Perhaps you share this feeling that we were made for so much more. Tell me friend — what is it that is stealing your time and how will you redeem it? I'd so love to hear it!