l recently drove by one of our local churches. Written on their outside message board was written something like this, “What if people treated their Bible like their cell phone?” Now I admit that am definitely old school when it comes to electronic and computer devices. In fact, I don’t even own a cell phone or a tablet. And while I have a TV, I only use it to watch or to record programs. According to the Washington Times, adults in the US spend 4 1/2 hours a day on their phones. CNN has found that the amount increases to 9 hours a day for US teenagers. And that’s not counting any use of it at school. That’s more than 2 1/2 days a week and more than 136 days of the year. What if they are fortunate enough, 10 For the days of our life, to contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. (Psalm 90:10) It will fly even faster if we spend that much time on our cell phones.
The “Almighty Cell” Phone
Think about it…we use our phones for calls, texts, GPS, listening or recording music, videos, games, time, TV, photography, watching or recording movies, access the internet, download apps, take a picture, download and read books, check medical records, do online banking or participate in thee various social media. And that’s just what I’ve heard from others. What if we used that time differently?
The Almighty God
What if we spent that time with Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit? I can only imagine. What if we spent that time reading the Word and then following up on what it says? While using a cell phone is not necessarily a bad thing, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. When we start spending large chunks of our lives staring a tiny screen, to the exclusion of social interaction, safe driving, and common politeness, we have gone over the bounds of wisdom. 10 Better is one day in your courts (presence) than a thousand elsewhere. (Psalm 84:10) Even better than that cell phone. Or anything else that takes your attention away from God and what He wants for your life.
We spent our days getting closer to Him instead of all the other things we think we need or want to do? We can only imagine what rewards God will have for us.