You’re on the underground, it’s full of people glued to their phones. You’re on the bus, same thing. You walk down the street, that guy nearly got hit by a bus! Why? Glued to his phone. You’re reading this post, how? On your phone. I’m writing it, how? Yep, you guessed it, on my phone. I play games, on my phone… I speak to friends, on my phone. Our conversations become a virtual reality through messenger and video chats, and now we can do crazy things with our faces! We can put shades on without shades, make our skin lighter or darker, even swap faces with other friends… on our phone! We watch football games, on our phone. We spend most of our time… on our phone!
Do you get headaches? I do. I feel like my brainwaves have somehow integrated with these wireless signals surrounding the atmosphere, in a sense we have all become a bit like Iboy, or Igirl. This post is not to slate mobile phones, they have great use and can be a handy office tool if you commute. Yet when you do travel, pause and take a look around, take a moment to relax, find yourself again in a moment of peace instead of finding new videos on YouTube or websites on google. If you can take a holiday from your phone, have a day off. Tell your online friends that today is a phone free day and that contacting you will have to be the old fashioned way. “I will meet you at 12 in the pub, or go to our spot tonight”. Close friends will always have a spot. Disconnecting technically helps us re-connect to reality.
I once downloaded the game candy crush, I have heard so much about this game and seen fellow passengers playing it. Great game I must say, but highly addictive. The way those candies transform into little bombs, stripey power candies and a colour crushing lightning candy makes it all the more exciting. I got to level 73, then I thought to myself, I am spending hours on this game without even realising it, it was even trying to sell me power packs like some kind of technical gym work out! I refused, I was getting hooked and many hours were invested into accomplishing nothing, so I took a drastic step after this revelation, the game was officially uninstalled. Now there was more free time to write this post!
What is the purpose of this post? It is written so that we may look away from the screen for a moment while contemplating how much time is spent doing unnecessary things excessively. Not talking in moderation terms here, this is talking about hours scrolling down facebook or looking at instagram photos, playing games that psychologically play with the mind even when not playing the game, reading information which will never really help you achieve what you want and so on and so fourth. We are the generation of the most potential because of the never ending access to information, the problem is we do not know how to harness knowledge in order to put it into good use. Wisdom is needed in order for knowledge to be made useful and discernment is needed in order to know what kind of knowledge is worth storing in our though closet.
Take a day off the mobile, I intend too. Grab a pen and paper and that wonderful book called the bible and study, check out what God has to say and let that become your knowledge. Build a phone free day into your weekly/monthly schedule and see what happens. Pray and seek the Lord Jesus, he waits for you to tune your signal into his presence.
Colossians 2:2-3 my goal is that they be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, mainly, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.