Have you ever stopped to just realize how dependent we are on technology now. Do you even remember what life was like before you had a cell phone? It’s amazing how our society has changed so much in the last 15-20 years. We have become a society that is absolutely addicted to technology, particularly our cell phones and tablets. Yes, they provide a great way to stay in contact with each other, but have you ever just stopped and thought about just how much they run your life. And with that, it can begin to take you away from things that God wants you to experience with Him or with those around you. We’ve been guilty of this sometimes in my house, where we just spend too much time in our phones and less time communicating with each other or just spending time.
Hear’s an example of how addicted we are and it did not hit me until the Wild at Heart Boot Camp. The very first night, we were asked to turn our cell phones off. Now no body said anything, but John pointed to something there. Inside us, and I know I felt it, our hearts almost gasped. It’s like our minds are telling us….Noooooo! That’s how addicted we have become. Our lives are ran by our technology. We see it on the road with people constantly on their phones driving…guilty here! Walking around a store or in the office, people are always in their phones. We just cannot let go, there is always something to connect to; a meeting or what have you.
Don’t get me wrong. I love technology. It has enabled me to share my thoughts with so many people though this blog. It enables me to stay connected with friends and family all over the world. It can, however get very dangerous though if we let it run our lives. If we just spend our time obsessed with social media, email, internet, and apps, we miss so much in this world. We forget how to relate and connect with people on a personal level and not just through text or status updates.
Simple solution y’all….Unplug! That’s all there is to it. Take some time and just unplug from the world. My 4 days unplugged in Colorado was something truly amazing. Something I desperately needed for my heart and my sanity. Take some time, whether it’s a day or a weekend. Turn off the phones, tablets, and computers and get away. Go somewhere. May go camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting. If you don’t care for the outdoors, go stay in a hotel away from everything. Get in the car and just hit the road. Do something disconnected from everything.
You will be surprised at the clarity you get when you do. Take in the world around you. Spend time with God in complete quite and solitude. It’s unreal how much you’ll realize that time was needed. I don’t get enough of these moments, but I will be making more of these moments. We all need it. Get away and refuel. It will do your soul a lot of good.