The following is from the Lifeway Girls Ministry blog, written by Pam Gibbs:
“The need to know, to be connected, to be informed and to be entertained has become the norm for our culture, leaving no margin in our lives for anything of deep significance. We have little patience for waiting, being still, and being silent; and as a result, our lives have become more shallow. Think I’m off-base? Ask yourself these questions:
- How do you feel when you don’t have your cell phone or other technology with you?
- Have you ever left the house without ANY technology?
- Do you take your cell phone, computer, or tablet to every meeting, even when you’re likely not to need any of them?
- How frequently do you check your email, texts, or social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Ning, etc.) in a typical day?
- How frequently do you watch TV, listen to music, listen to talk radio or other news sources?
- What do you do when you have a break in a meeting, when you have to wait at a light, when you are watching your child’s practice?
- In a typical day, how many different sources of information, communication, or recreation do you encounter? (TV, music, phone, computer, people, etc.) How much time is spent interacting with those sources?
- How much of your day contains any amount of silence?
Scripture commands us to “be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). Another translation reads, “Be silent.” We will never be able to know that He is God if we leave no space in our lives to be silent. He cannot “restore my soul” (Ps. 23) if there is no time and no space for Him to do so.”
Gibbs’ blog post was written to adults, but it is completely applicable to teens. In fact, it may be even more applicable to teens. How about you? Are you “constantly connected?” Does the thought of going a few hours without your cell phone make you feel a little shaky?
Some of you experienced what it’s like to be disconnected from technology at camp last week. I’m sure it was hard at first, but by the end of the week what did you think? Wasn’t it nice sometimes not to have to check your cell phone, your Facebook, your Twitter? Wasn’t it nice to talk to people and not already know about everything that was going on with them?
And wasn’t it nice to be able to focus on your God and not have anything to distract you from Him? Getting disconnected from technology helps you get reconnected to God. Just a little something for you to think on this week.