Unplug

Unplug

I took some time off. I unplugged and went on vacation. I wasn’t constantly checking emails and facebook. I wasn’t waiting for the next phone call. I spent quality time with my family—without our phones in our faces. When was the last time you unplugged? With all of our connectivity in today’s world, it becomes more and more difficult to have down time, to spend quiet time with the Lord. Think about the time when Jesus walked the earth. He often went away by himself to pray. Jesus was always “prayed up”! How much time do we spend on our devices (cell phones, iPads, computers, etc.) unnecessarily? Wouldn’t that time be better spent praying, or actually having a conversation with those around us? Of course I am pointing my finger as much at myself as you. It was very freeing to not be chained to electronics. But the moment I got back from vacation, I resumed my previous habits. That’s just what it is—a habit—picking up the phone to check texts, checking to see if there’s any emails, seeing who’s posted on facebook. These electronics help us in many ways. It does help us stay loosely connected with others. The gps helps us find our way to where we are going. I’ve seen facebook spread the word about a missing person—and helped the person to be found. These are good and useful things. However, when more of our time is spent on our devices than in actual relationship with others-this is a problem. So I challenge all of us—put the phone down, step away from the computer and have an actual conversation face to face with someone or undertake a service project, or visit a sick friend, or help someone with something just because. Above all else, pray. Pray that our God will lead you into deeper relationships that lead others to Him. Start today. Unplug from electronics and plug into a deeper relationship with God.

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna M. Young