More. This world is all about more. More money. More things. More friends. More outfits. More. MORE. MORE!
We keep buying and seeking and striving, but it’s never enough. We deserve it because <insert reason here>. We justify the search for more by saying we are lonely, or misunderstood, or kept down. We work hard and the world owes us.
Yet we are never fulfilled.
Previous generations were content with less. They focused on family and friends, had down time, and maintained at least some semblance of balance. We may call them “old-fashioned” or “dated”, but they had clearer priorities than we have today.
They appeared to have had less (fewer). Fewer distractions. Fewer demands. Less striving. Less money. Fewer friends. But, ironically, they really had more. They had more time. More clarity. More peace.
We claim to have so little time to connect with others, recharge, take care of ourselves, or read the Bible, yet so much is at our fingertips.
Your phone is a direct connection to community, but we get sucked into social media and forget that we can actually speak to those we love. We can read a book through an app. We can book a massage. We can read His Word and participate in a Bible study. All through a device that fits into our hand and is infinitely more powerful than early computers.
We crave instant gratification. We need everything right now. We compare our realities to what others post on social media. We fill our days with mind numbing tasks on devices and forego human connection.
When we focus on the next best thing, we are trying to fill a void that cannot be filled with anything other than Christ. We were wired to need God, but He is often our last resort. We pray when we are sad and “forget to pray” when we are happy. We would rather just “do it ourselves”.
My dear friends, contrary to popular belief, we can disconnect and survive without those little Apple and Android (or Windows or Google) devices. Insert irony here: when we disconnect from our devices, we connect on a deeper level to God and our loved ones.
Unplug. Settle in. Perform self care (or even self preservation). Be present. Live in the moment. Reconnect with the people around you. Read. The. Word. (I’m speaking to myself here, too, y’all!)
““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
John 15:4-7 NIV
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
James 4:4, 7-8 NIV