“Making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16 NASB
It’s rare to go anywhere these days and not see folks with a phone in hand, talking, texting, or scrolling up and down. They’re on the phone while driving, walking on the sidewalk, or dining at a restaurant. Kids riding on the school bus, passengers at the airport, families sitting at home – all busy on their phones. Standing in line or in a waiting room, it’s not uncommon to see people playing a game or typing on the keypad. Bluetooth or ear buds make it convenient to talk hands free while shopping or working at home.
Can you picture what it would look like if Christians spent as much time communing with God and studying the Bible as they do on their phones?
I’m not suggesting we ignore people and have our heads bowed in prayer all the time, oblivious to those around us. Rather, I am hinting at putting those phones away and being with Jesus instead. Access to Him is unlimited, free, and available – ALL THE TIME! No dropped calls ever!
Next time you’re riding in the car or waiting for an appointment, put the phone away and spend time praising God or interceding for your family, friends, church, or your country. Ok, I will concede that you could use your phone and read the Scriptures while you are waiting if you have a Bible app. That would be a good thing!
As you stand in line at the grocery store or wait as your kids play at the park, be aware of those around you. The Holy Spirit can certainly prompt you to pray for that frazzled mom with three restless little ones in tow. The disgruntled cashier may need a loving smile and some intercessory prayer on their behalf.
If you have a cell phone, or even a land line, I challenge you to assess your time spent on it daily. Commit to spend at least half that amount of time or more with your heavenly Father each day. Time spent talking to Him and reading and studying His word is invaluable. And remember, you’ll never have to ask Him, “Can you hear me now?!”
[Digging deeper – Luke 18:1; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:16]
Photo Credit: used by permission from www.flickr.com; Paul L. Dineen, three women walking together while on cell phones