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?
Seek first the kingdom of God…