Something that might bring you such profound revelation that you’ll have to rethink about how you live your entire life.
Something you probably won’t believe.
You might need to sit down for this:
Here it is.
You can survive a day without your phone.
Crazy I know.
It’s a miracle that even I can hardly believe it.
Of course, I only know this incredible truth because I unintentionally happened to leave my phone at home in the morning yesterday.
Otherwise my precious phone would have been faithfully by my side all day long.
(As I’m sure yours is too.)
But putting all sarcasm aside when I think about technology and our addiction to it I always say “well, that’s just the world we live in now, you need a phone and every single social media account to stay connected and to survive these days.”
But that’s far from the truth, because I have a cousin who has no social media accounts whatsoever and she’s living and breathing just fine.
Maybe even a little bit better than the rest of us.
The sad thing about phones isn’t that they exist, but the fact that they steal way precious moments that can never be replaced.
Sometimes I get so tired going to group gatherings because I feel like I hang out less with the people themselves and more with their phones.
And the saddest thing is that it not only steals moments, sometimes it even steal lives.
Countless people have died from texting and driving.
Because obviously sending that tweet, posting that picture, and responding to the message was so important.
It’s always entertaining to watch people come to a place where there is no service available as they are frantically sending that last message online and acting as if running out of phone service is like running out of their last bit of food to eat and water to drink.
I may be exaggerating a little.
But not too much.
Technology has been revolutionizing and changing the way we go about our daily tasks, how we communicate and connect with people, and simply, how we live.
And I don’t want to paint it out to be all negative because there are tons of positive aspects of it.
But I think we can all agree that there is a problem when lives are lost due to the addiction to this tiny little gadget in our hands.
I think we can all agree that there is a problem when we get so consumed at looking at our bright cell phone screens that we forget to look up at the people we are spending time with.
I think we can all agree that there is a problem when we wake up in the morning and the first thing we reach for is not our Bible, but our phone.
How is that such a small technological gadget that barely anyone owned a mere twenty years ago dramatically affect how we live today?
Believe me if I’m pointing any fingers, I would first be pointing at me because I’ve done everything I’ve listed above.
I’ve been interrupted in my Bible study or prayer time by the buzzing of my phone.
I’ve missed moments with people I love when I was too busy scrolling down social media feeds.
I’ve probably had gotten close into getting into car accidents because I just had to respond to the text message that seemed so urgent at the time.
It all made sense back then but now it seems silly to me.
Often times the reason we have this tendency to be addicted to our phones is because of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out.)
We think that somehow by not logging online for an hour or two and checking up on what the world is up to will miss something.
Something big like our best friend getting proposed to, a new invention that will transform humanity, or the start of World War 3. (Or more like pictures of what your friends ate for lunch, what outfit someone wore, and how that one person you randomly met at some event three years ago feels.)
Is all that really important?
We obviously think so.
But the truth is while we are “missing out” on what’s happening in our social media worlds what we actually miss out on is something much more greater: real life.
While we are busy staring at our phones we pass by that person on the street that could have used a smile.
While we are busy staring at our phones we miss out on having deep conversation about things that matter with our friends.
While we are busy staring at our phones we miss what the pastor said during his sermon on stage and what God said in His Word when we were so (inconveniently) interrupted.
While we are busy staring at our phones we traded what was happening in front of us for what we saw on a screen.
That is what I call some REAL missing out.
I don’t want to look back and remember how many moments I wasted being glued to a little plastic thing in my hand when I could have been spending quality time with loved ones, growing in God, and pursuing my dreams.
Because life is more…
It’s more than always being up to date one what the latest famous person on twitter said or what your friends are posting on instagram.
It’s about living life in the here and now, fully embracing the moment, without being attached to a screen.
Yes, I know social media is all about sharing.
And sharing I love to do and sharing I love to see.
I love seeing pictures of people’s little children growing up, I love seeing pictures of new adventures someone was on, I love seeing pictures of special moments shared between friends and family and loved ones.
But you know what would be better than seeing what people are doing on a phone screen?
Experiencing life with them.
Playing with that little baby that is growing up too fast.
Going on that adventure with that friend you haven’t seen for so long.
Sharing your own moments with loved ones.
Without the distraction of a phone nearby.
This Christmas I challenge you to do something that may seem impossible for you.
I challenge you to intentionally and purposefully choose to put your phone down every moment that you can.
Hide your phone in the other room if it distracts you from your time with God.
Turn off your WiFi in the morning when you wake up so it’s not the first thing you check before you crawl out of bed.
Leave it in your purse or set it aside when you’re spending time with friends.
Have it out of sight when you are driving in your car.
And maybe just maybe… you will see that you are not at all missing out on life when you don’t know what’s happening in your phone.
You are finally living it more fully.
I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful season celebrating Christ’s birth. And to enjoy it more you can do one simple step: turn off that phone of yours! If I can live without it for a day then so can you! Have a blessed night and if you have snow where you are at please make sure to send some my way! -Anna… ♥