“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” (MSG)
I just spent a week in Myrtle Beach. It was… Awesome!
Every time I go on vacation I learn something new. For example, last week I learned that…
- Cheap socks are never worth it
- The novelty of fast food wears off VERY quickly
- The U.S. STILL doesn’t have Ketchup Chips. Honestly, why is this still happening?
But seriously, one of the things I learned was the value of unplugging from the internet.
In Psalm 46:10 it says “Be still, and know that I am God!” The Message version of the Bible paraphrases that line like this: “Step out of the traffic!” It makes me think not just about a highway, but the information super-highway.
When we got to the beach the sun was warm and the laughter was plentiful. I wanted to grab my smart phone and start taking a hundred pictures. But the problem is that as soon as you go to grab your phone for one thing, it sucks you in with 10 others. Next thing you know you’ve read three emails from work and are trying to understand the rationale behind someone’s weird Instagram comments.
So I put the phone down. Sure, I still took some pictures the old fashioned way. But my mind more easily shifted gears into a more restful place.
I’ve never been dead so I can’t fully confirm what I’m about to say. But I’m pretty sure that NONE of our pictures or social media feeds are coming with us to heaven.
This week, maybe exchange a bit of screen time for face time. Maybe for you it’s about not checking the phone after (or before) a certain time of day. Whatever you do, just be aware that your smart phone and the internet can make you stressed out like you’re driving through traffic even if you’re relaxing on the couch, sipping a latte in Starbucks, or lounging on the beach.
Don’t be so excited about capturing every single moment in life that you miss the beauty of actually living it.
By Matthew Ruttan