Put Down Your Smartphone And “Be Still and Know That I Am God”
Have you ever felt agitated that your kids had the audacity to want your attention while you were CLEARLY trying to do something on your smart phone? You know, something pressing, like read a blog post or perfect an Instagram caption?
*Me: looking at the floor. looking at the wall. looking at the ceiling…
Have you ever felt a little too compulsive with your use of technology and social media? Perhaps it even begins to feel like a taskmaster in your life, to whom you bow?
*Me: painful, sheepish smile.
I don’t even understand myself sometimes! However, I’ve seen firsthand that if I’m not careful, I can become entangled in my online life to such a degree that I become deeply restless, unhappy, impatient, un-rested and unintentional.
This is a real issue in today’s world!
Of those of us who once thought we were above “being on our phones all the time,” many of us have been humbled. We now see we are, in fact, NOT above it.
Compulsive habits, lack of clear boundaries, and the consuming connectedness of our modern world, have a way of producing fruit in our lives we didn’t mean to bear. Have you ever noticed that?
When unchecked, these ways of living –ways of being, will change us. And in fact, they already are.
If we’re not careful, they may go so far as to leave our souls malnourished, and even hinder our relationship with God.
- Where once we enjoyed long periods of deep focus, thought and prayer as we read the Bible, we now settle for the decontextualized bits of scripture we see shared on Facebook
- Where once we engaged with a book for hours at a time, letting it settle into our lives, we now quickly skim perhaps 50 blog posts and news articles in the same timeframe.
- Where once we enjoyed periodic, deep, personal conversations, we now keep up with friends and family through their Instagram feed.
These things are not bad in and of themselves, but we must make sure we don’t lose the former in favor of the latter.
This summer I had the privilege of reading a book before it released (how cool is that?) called The Wired Soul: Finding Spiritual Balance in a Hyperconnected Age.
This book was both eye-opening and practically helpful.
In The Wired Soul, Tricia McCary Rhodes uses scientific brain research, the Bible, and some timely observations about society and life today to paint a picture of what this hyperconnected age can and will and has done to our souls.
She shows how we’ve trained our brains to jump from thing to thing, and in doing so, we’re losing our ability to be at peace, to focus, and to soak in what God is saying to us in a deeply transforming way.
That really hit home for me.
It opened my eyes to my own irritability and lack of enough boundaries with technology. Although I do have boundaries, this book helped me see that my soul is craving more space.
…more space to be about the things that really fill me up.
But what I really love is that The Wired Soul doesn’t stop there! Tricia actually spends most of the book teaching how we can retrain our brains to go deep again, for the benefit of our souls. In fact, after each chapter there are exercises to help us put each principle into practice immediately.
These were so helpful!
If you suspect the use of technology in your life is leaving your soul dry (I think many of us get to that place at some point), I highly recommend this read. I affirm it’s message. It’s a good fit for my audience –moms craving a simpler, deeper, richer life in Christ.
Moms who don’t want to miss it.
Tricia inspired me to set boundaries and create space in my life for depth, and I think she will do the same for you.
I believe this book will soothe your soul, as it has mine!
Interested? You can win a copy!
Tyndale House Publishers has generously agreed to give away two copies of The Wired Soul to Embracing a Simpler Life readers.
*This post has been sponsored by Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own!