How much time do you spend on your smart phone? Your computer? Tablet?
Are you living distracted?
It’s a real problem for a lot of people. And stay at home moms are no exception. I was reading a blog post “Who do I work for?” over at Living, Learning, and Loving Simply. Aimee talked about being on her phone a lot during the day. I loved how she put it:
Somehow listening and reading and pondering, the message came to me very quietly and simply and gently:
“Aimee, you work for God.”
This seemingly obvious revelation has given me deep joy and renewed PURPOSE. Every day when I wake up, I look to Him and ask Him for my day. How would you have me work for you today, Lord? It has lifted the seemingly mundane chores to acts of faithful service to Him. It has curbed my iPhone addiction…because in what job would your boss want you to sit on your phone constantly? It has given me focus in spending time with children, using my time well to love others, and to use rest for meaningful activity instead of escape.
The truth is, we miss out on life – real life – when we spend so much time on “social media,” blogs, and other online pursuits.
Does your phone or computer add to your quality of life or does it take away from your life? Are you better off?
Now obviously, there are so many benefits to being online. So many blogs are uplifting and encouraging for the Christian woman. I know there have been many times when I have been motivated in my efforts at home or as a wife and mother from reading some of my favorite blogs or by something I found on Pinterest.
But as Christian women, we need to set boundaries for our time online and not allow it to take control of our lives – we need to use our time wisely.
We also need to be “present” in the day to day lives of our families. I’ve talked before about being present and living distracted. How much more could you get done during the day if you put away your phone? How would your relationships improve?
God has a purpose for your life – for my life. Does that purpose include hours a day on your phone? Or does He have a higher purpose for your day?
If we really think about how shallow, how wasted, a life would be if all a person had to show for their life was the hours they’d spent online – is that the kind of legacy I want to leave behind?
Not really. I’d much rather my family remember the times I spent looking each of them in the eye, laughing with them, baking cookies and getting to know their heart. I’d much rather my children remember me focused on them instead of always looking at my phone.
I learned some time ago that I never, ever regret the time I spend one on one with my family. I never regret the time I spend making our home a home. I never regret investing in my family.
Who are you really connected to? Are you so connected to facebook or twitter or email that you are no longer connected to the people in your life who matter the most?
It’s something to think about.
I’m going to leave you with this great video my son shared with me: