Interestingly, when it comes to cell phones, you and I often are holding the problem and solution in our hands:
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Please no! Not another article about “how bad our phones and social media are…!”
And this article isn’t one of those!
I want to look at the reality of the device we have, and then offer a flipside perspective:
Reality 1: Information is so readily accessible
I love when going out with friends and we’re chatting about something, and then we want to find out some more information about what we are talking about. Whether it be: How old is this song? When last did that team win the Champions League? What does that word mean? When is that movie being released?
One of us pull out our phones and look up the answer. Brilliant! The information is so easy to obtain.
The Flipside: What new things can you learn about your friend?
So, here is a flipside: Same scenario as above; you’re out with friends. Why not ask yourself: What new thing can I learn about them?
Something that Google cannot help you with.
Get to know your friends on a deeper level. Talk about their goals, fears, highlights, things they’re struggling with. Find out, what makes them come alive!
Reality 2: To get 100 likes or not
It’s pretty obvious that a lot of people are quite starstruck! They follow celebs.
And when one of those famous film stars or musos post… they get over 10 000 likes.
There is a lot of talk about the endorphins released when we get a like on a post that we upload. It feels good when someone likes our content, right?
Truth is a lot of celebs who post, get a LIKE on their post because of who they are – even if the quality of the post is rubbish.
So many of the LIKES they get are quite shallow. NO meaning…
The Flipside: He leaves the 99 for the 1
So how about you and me; what can we post?
We may not be famous… people will only really like our content if it’s good. So, what shall we post?
Another selfie…. Nah! That’s so overrated!!
Ever heard the parable about Jesus leaving the 99 sheep to find the 1? (Look it up in Luke 15)
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”
How about if we took that approach when posted stuff. Imagine if we were not concerned about the 99 likes. But rather the 1 like that matters.
Imagine, there is one person having a really bad day. They are struggling dark thoughts or self-worth – and then you go and post a MOTIVATIONAL picture or quote and that person having a bad day comes across your content and LIKES it and their day is made!
God can use your social media to make an impact! To reach even just one!!
Maybe, it’s time to post different things?
Reality 3: What is on your Spotify list?
I like running. And sometimes I run with a soundtrack. It’s great to have music so easily available.
Fact: Music inspires and uplifts most of us.
So, I am thankful that we can carry all our favourite bands in the palm of our hands.
The Flipside: Tune into Another Frequency
There is this great quote: “Never let the noise of the world overpower the stillness of your soul.”
That is really powerful! The world can be very noisy.
Maybe sometimes it’s good practice, to have some silence: to quieten your thoughts and soul.
Or maybe, you can change your soundtrack a bit.
Of course, there are some good songs out there, on the radio etc…
But there are some great Christian songs too.
Add some of them to your playlist.
Change the quality of the noise in your life.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” That is so true!
There are a lot of junk lyrics we put inside our heads and hearts.
Tune into another, healthier Frequency
Reality 4: Your battery will die
Having our phones with us, allows us to be connected.
It’s a safety thing too. Our parents can get hold of us.
We can work out where to go (Google Maps is wonderful!)
These days, it seems almost every second person carries a battery pack. Just in case their phone dies…
But if our phone “died…” would it be all that bad?
The Flipside: Recharging from Another Source
If our phone died, maybe we could not see it as a hassle, but rather as an opportunity to be present.
Present without a phone.
Notice things, we don’t usually see because we’re too focused on our screens.
And whilst you’re waiting for your phone to charge… consider this epic scripture:
Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Your may phone die. It may feel flat. Run out of energy…
We may often feel like our phone…
Running on empty or feeling tired.
But God promises us renewed strength!
Why not go to Jesus to be recharged?
In conclusion, our phones aren’t a bad thing. We hold the problem and solution in our hands. The question we must keep asking ourselves is:
“Do you own your cell phone, or does your cell phone own you?”