A Note From Pastor Cowser
|A Note From Our Pastor|
| How Do You Spend Your Time?”|
After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
Matthew 14:23 (NRSV)
While getting ready for church on Sundays, my cellphone sends me a notification with a summary of my cellphone usage from the previous week. I typically ignore the summary and go about my day, but last week I decided to take a look. Let’s just say the numbers were a bit high and I realized that I should examine how often I use my cellphone and other devices. After reviewing my summary, I wanted to see where I stood among other cellphone users, so I found an article online that reported that cellphone users touch their phones at least 2,600 times a day. Is it just me, or do you find that to be a bit surprising? I understand that many of us use our cellphones for more than just making phone calls, but the number still seemed a bit high to me.
Before you mark this off as just another note on the dangers of technology, I want you to join me in thinking about how we spend our time. I wonder how different our lives would be if we were to intentionally refocus some of the attention that we give to technology, and focus on other things that add meaning and value to our lives. There is no doubt that Jesus lived his life differently than most people during his time. He was fully engaged in every moment. It didn’t matter if he was surrounded by a huge crowd of people, talking one-on-one with someone or alone with God in prayer, Jesus freely gave his attention and devoted himself to doing things that added value and meaning to his life and others.
Living with that type of intentionally takes lots of practice. It’s not something that’s going to happen instantly, but the more we practice, the easier it will become. So, I’m making a commitment to do better by putting down my cellphone a few more times during the day, so that I can be intentional about being fully present in the moment. Instead of my cellphone, I’ll pick up the Bible to read, pray, write in my journal, spend time with a friend or a relative, enjoy a healthy snack, or take a walk. I truly believe that as we strive to make these adjustments in our lives, God will speak to us in new and renewed ways.
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