Throw your smartphone away

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Today I came to a realization that has slowly boiled to the surface. You see, my job requires that I stay “connected” at all times during the work day to address technology issues that arise. I work in the technology field and work through email and third party work order solutions.

Today I almost threw my smartphone away.

As I was catching up on email using my laptop my phone was dinging that ever so dingy alert.. I would say that it was alerting me every one to two minutes and I had a light bulb moment. Why do I have my email on my phone? Why am I allowing my phone to dictate my timeline?

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Out culture demands we respond immediately to dings and alerts. What quickly made decisions have we made because of quick reactions/responses? We have become slaves to the ever-evolving technological advances. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge technology fan but how has it affected my interaction with others? How has technology impacted my relationship to God?

Three Questions I asked myself today:

1. Why must I respond right away?

There is nothing that comes across my email that demands my attention more than God and His guidance.

2. Do I need to spend every few minutes checking my phone?

Spending so much time on our smartphones/laptops changes the way we think. Our brains become rewired to respond without consulting, pondering, etc.

3. Should I throw away my phone?

Although it was very tempting to leave my phone in the car, I do need to have a way of communicating with loved ones. However, my phone is not my master.

Seek first the kingdom of God…


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