Life is busy. Distractions abound. How often do we close ourself off to the world around us by grabbing our smart phone to check Facebook or Twitter while waiting for an elevator, sitting in a restaraunt, standing in a check out line, etc? Yet, for the Christian- what opportunities are we missing?
The discouraged. The tired. The anxious. The lonely. The spiritually lost person who needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. All of these people cross our paths daily. They may be a coworker, a neighbor, a friend, a spouse, a child, or a stranger. It is easy to miss something (or someone) that we are not looking for. Rooted in prayer, may we all start looking for the opportunities and needs around us.
To manage our devices better, I propose three specific action items:
1. Keep our devices out of site and not on the table when sharing a meal with others. Show them that they are more important that the a text or notification that you may receive.
2. Turn off all non-essential notifications on our devices, except for calls and texts. Use the do not disturb function when meeting with others. Others can wait. Own our devices, don't let them own us.
3. Resist the urge to check our devices at the first sign of boredom- elevators, restaurants, check out lines etc. In addition to making us more aware and available to those around us, it provides time for us to think and ponder more.
May we all see the "moonwalking bears" in our daily lives, for God's glory and the furthering of His gospel.