How many times do you check your phone in a day? How about your computer? I know that I check mine all too frequently. It’s hard to ignore the siren’s call of texts, phone calls, or social media updates.
My family and I went camping over Thanksgiving break last week, and our time there was semi-unplugged. My laptop stayed at home, and I only used my phone to edit and post a picture to Instagram. That was it. I found that when I didn’t have my phone to reach for, I grabbed my camera or book instead. What resulted was more quality family time, better reading and Bible studying, and a heightened sense of creativity. Instead of relentlessly checking Facebook, I would step out of the pop-up camper and go on a photo walk or start reading a book. The trip became more satisfying because the electronics were put away.
My challenge to you is this: whenever you automatically reach to check your phone or computer, don’t. When you’re bored, pick up a book, instrument, sketchpad, or camera instead. So much of our life is wasted in front of a screen (in front of which I’m writing this and you’re reading it). Get outside of your electronic complacency and make some use of your mind.
Quote of the day: “The mind grows by what it feeds on.”
-J. G. Holland