We live in an extremely connected world. At times, that connectivity can be a blessing. At the touch of a button, we can connect with anyone anywhere in the world. But that level of connectivity can also be challenging. A recent study found that the average American spends over 5 hours a day on their phone. Friends, that a lot of time on our devices.
In regard to what we consume, Jesus said this in Matthew 6, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness.” Sometimes, our hyper-connected world can create a cloudy view of life if we allow it to.
That’s why it’s important that we are careful in what we consume. For example, if I were spending countless hours comparing myself to other ministers, the joy that I get from working at Chenal would be stolen. Paul references how vital this is when he wrote, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
So, what do we do? First, it may be time that we all examine what we are consuming and, more specifically, how much we consume. Is your connectivity causing you stress? Do you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to the standards of this world? If so, it might be good to unplug for a bit. When you do, direct your attention to Jesus.
If we allow the noise of this world to shape or distract us, just like Peter in Matthew 14, we’ll sink. Our value and hope comes from Jesus. This week, I’d encourage you to take some time to remove yourself in order to reconnect with God.