You often read the articles on what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones. What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we turned our back to go get it when we forgot it? What if we flipped through it several times a day? The list goes on………and speaks much truth. Let’s face it, we are in an age where our cell phones connect us to everything!
This past weekend…….I was completely ” cell phone free!” I spent the weekend in a place with no cell phone/internet service. The only chance of it was if I stood on one leg…. put my hand above my head and sang the pledge allegiance three times ( don’t even try to visualize). Then maybe, just maybe I may get a dropped call. But, other than that………nothing……………..
It didn’t seem to bother me at first. I enjoyed the feeling of being in a place where you could feel God’s presence and beauty. No distractions. Nothing but endless nature and creation all around you. It was peaceful. It was soul-searching.
……..but by day two…….I will admit. I was ready for my ” hands free” device.
The moment my cell phone chirped back to service ………Facebook, text and emails lined with hello’s from friends. Most importantly, I was updated with prayer request and praises from the weekend!
If there is a bad? Doesn’t that mean there is a good? Are they really that bad in our daily lives? Bringing us to tune out others? To not see God?
I decided to try google for my soul-searching answers of modern-day technology. The search…… the good on cell phones and God. Guess what…….nothing………..surprised? Lots of articles on the bad of cells phones and God. …….there is probably a reason for that. Do I really tune out God with my phone? Being an optimist….to an extent that is…..I came up with my list on how we can TUNE IN when it comes to our phones.
1. The Bible. Yes. Guess what! The Bible is on your cell phone. You can book mark passages, study scripture and not intimidating and easy to use! It’s not so much about people seeing it, but showing you live it.
2. Prayer Warrior. I know the minute a friend needs me to stop and pray for them. If my children are around…….it gives them the chance to see their mommy pray for another person. I don’t know a better example of faith for them. I can also send a text to a friend in a minute when prayer is needed. Every month for two years we searched for these prayers via text as we awaited results of David’s MRI’s.
3. Prayer Apps. Did you know they exist? They do! Yes……so does pen and paper. But, we are talking about the good of cell phones here. Daily, I am reminded on who has asked me to pray. What is even better….I can look back and see all the ways God has already answered them.
4. Blogs. You may think of course she is going to say that. I will always be thankful for the ways that God used our blog to seek prayer……to seek comfort…..and to show us his unconditional love.
5. Memory. Your cell phone has memory. If you are not Deleter Dana, that is. Stores all those pictures of moments good and bad. How far you have come and how far you can go. Reminds you of the thankfulness of today and the moments you have experienced.
6. Time. Surprisingly! Cell phones should free up more time in our daily walk with Christ. If we could learn to manage it, that is. With the ability to take care of things in an instant…..it should free up time for us to be better servants of God, parents, friends and spouses.
7. Giving. There was a day when a friend was sick and she literally could not get out of bed. With one text message to 8 girls…….in one hour……we had food ready for her kids for a week! Carpool done! Errands done! Medicine done! I think her recovery rate increased by days given the way we could all step up for her.
8. Music.……seriously…..at the tip of our hands. I have a friend that mediates with Christ with music. That is her prayer time daily. Whether in the car, taking a walk, or spending time doing chores around the house. Her cell phone has her playlist of songs that she finds most inspiring to her. This is where she feels God speak to her and her faith. The best part is…….she leaves that playlist on when others are in the car.
9. Connection……. There has never been a time where we can be connected to so many people. As I work with friends to plan our fifteen year High School reunion in a few months…..I am reminded just how connected we are. Yes! It will be awesome to see everyone face to face! But, interestingly enough, we may pass the small talk…..how many kids do you have? Where do you live now? Where are you working? With Facebook, linkden and the many others we are able to stay ” connected,” to one another. Our conversations move more towards…..I have been praying for your new job. Saw you moved…..that is awesome…..how do you like it? You have a son! Has your sanity come back? No matter where we live….how long since we have seen each other…..we can still stay connected!
10. Well this one is all you ! Interested on what you think! I am sure the list could go on……………. How do you TUNE IN?
So yes, of course….. What if we did take our bibles out more than our cell phones? And flip through it more than our cell phones? Would it make an impact yes! But, it means nothing if we don’t take it out and live it.
A friend wrote this to me the other day……..
” It’s all about Balance. We tend to classify things as All good or All bad, but life is just not that way. It’s how we use what we are given that matters. We can certainly use technology to tune OUT but we can also use it to tune IN……. in a way that no generation before us has been able to! ”
I have a pretty insightful friend don’t I:) Be looking for her book one day:)
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