Twenty years ago I would not have thought that I would be re connecting with old friends, connecting with new ones, and talking to someone via internet. Now, every turn there is another app, advancement or way to stay in touch with people. It never fails that when I am out and about that I will see one or more persons on their phones either texting, checking Facebook or having a phone conversation. It has basically become the norm for our culture these days.
Now, don’t get me wrong and think I have a real issue with our modern technology. I think that it is great that we have these many ways to communicate with one another and to conduct business. However, it is so easy to get caught up in the technology world to the point we tend to run on overload at times. Thus, when we hit the overload mode, we forget about the simple life God had intended for us.
From time to time, you may not see me on twitter, Facebook or hear back from me on email. Although you are not seeing me in these social media facets, don’t think that I have forgotten you. I like to unplug myself from the fast pace media world and just simply take in the life God wants me to enjoy.
When I unplug myself from the technology world, I usually enjoy one on one conversations with family and friends, enjoy the quiet of the house. I also get caught up on the home front and all that I missed because I got absorbed in the social media world. Yet, one of the things I enjoy the most of being unplugged is just spending some extra quality time with God.
Although I may be unplugged from the social media world, I intentionally plug into God and His world. By plugging into God, I am getting charged up. It is through this charging process of time with God and family, I see the more simple things of life. These simple things of life I enjoy are such things as the birds singing, our dog playing darts with Jim (maybe a little comic relief there as well) , I am reminded of why God created each one of us.
God created us to enjoy the birds He made to serenade us, to enjoy the scenery around us, enjoy our family, enjoy the comical things our family members may do or perform, and simply be surrounded by Him. God didn’t create us to be plugged in all the time as we unfortunately are and to run weary and stressed. You see, no matter how plugged in to the world we are, the more we tend to unplug ourselves from God and the world He created for us. Thus, the result is we feel stressed and overwhelmed.
My challenge for you is to take a day or two and unplug from the social media world and plug into God and the world He created for you. If you absolutely can’t unplug for a day, try unplugging for a few hours. Romans 12:2 sums it up quite well; Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. My prayer for you is that as you unplug from man’s world and you plug-in to God’s world that you will be refreshed and renewed.
I am taking a brief hiatus to renew the mind, spirit and body. During this time, I look forward to capturing family time, and gathering new thoughts to share from Thoughts From The Porch. There are a couple of new thoughts already in process on my draft board. Be on the look out, thoughts of God’s love and encouragement will return soon!
Mom challenges family to unplug for 6 months (msnbc.msn.com)
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