Saturday, December 2, 2017

Less Screen Time, More God Time


Emily Miller

I have a love-hate relationship with technology and social media.

I see all the ways through which it benefits us. Yet I have also seen just how harmful it can be.

It can tear apart families.

It can become a distraction.

It can cause you to lose much needed, valuable sleep.

It can also cause people to be bullied by the world for trying to take a stand for Christian beliefs and values.

Sure, it has its benefits. Yet, sometimes I feel like the drawbacks almost outweigh the benefits at times.

So, for this Christmas season, I would like to challenge you to take a "break" from social media and technology. You, of course, will probably not be able to totally part with it.

Yet, if you have "screen time" limits set for your kids, perhaps you need to be following those same standards for yourself.

I would also like to challenge you that if you are an insomniac like me, or at least happen to be in the habit of looking at your phone or your computer right before bed, that it may be time to change those habits.

Put away the screens and instead read a good book right before bed or if you find yourself unable to sleep. Maybe even get ahead of your Bible reading.

If we as a Christain community would make more of a conscious effort to limit our screen time, I believe that we would find time for ourselves to become "more connected" to God. This is not just in the obvious ways like having more time to study and meditate on HIs word, but this also can expand to connect with our families too.

I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
1 Corinthians 7:35

God designed us to be relational people. If we stop looking at our screens so much, we would have more time to connect with our husband, our kids, and our friends. This, in turn, would lead to healthy, lasting, flourishing relationships that transcend whatever may be trying to distract us on that screen.

So, I want to challenge you today to simply say no to screen time, and yes to having more time with God and to build lasting relationships.



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