This past week I encountered one of the most stressful, yet liberating experiences I have had in a while. Since the dawning of social-media, we can see that many people have yet to lose attachment from their mobile devices. It’s crazy to think how many of us spend anywhere between 4-6 hours a day attached to our phones, and that’s just a rough estimate.
My liberation began when my wife and I were about to board a plane to St. Louis for a ministry trip. As the time to board our flight drew near, my wife asked if we had enough time to get some coffee and breakfast. As I reached for my phone to check the time, I was astonished to find that it was not in my pocket.
Immediately my mind began to run wild. “No you did not!” I began to say to myself. I couldn’t believe the words that we about to come out of my mouth as I began to tell my wife, “I left my phone in the car…”
“Well, nothing we can do now” she said. She then began to explain how I could use her phone for the week, and reminded me that I could receive my emails and texts messages through my iPad.
Side Note: My wife is the most selfless, encouraging, and beautiful woman in the world.
This may seem like an extremely silly thing to get stressed about, but I cannot begin to tell you how much of my ministry efforts revolve around the contacts and applications I have stored in my phone. It’s a way to communicate, push content, and connect to people around the world.
The Reality Is: I didn’t really NEED my phone, but because I was so attached to it, I felt that I couldn’t work without it.
How many people are so attached to their smart-phones that it begins to dumb them down?
I spent a total of five days without my phone, and it turned out to be one of the best weeks my wife and I have ever spent together. We weren’t constantly checking updates, statuses, or Instagram photos. Instead, we were spending time with God, each-other, and with the company of friends while serving the city of St. Louis. Don’t let your mobile device hinder your mobility. Gain control of your life, and realize that it’s ok to turn off your phone every once in a awhile. In fact, I encourage you to turn off your phone at least two or three times a week for a minimum of two hours.
1 week ago today I broke up with my phone, and I don’t plan on getting back into an un-healthy relationship with it ever again. This post was designed to make you think about how you’re spending your time, and whether or not your smart-phone is actually dumbing you down.
I’ve only got one wife, and she doesn’t have an apple logo on her back.
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– Jarrid Wilson