Could your “smart” phone be robbing you of the abundant life that God desires for you? Are you sending the message that the person or data on the other end of the phone is more important than the person who is sitting right in front of you?
I have to confess that I am a “people watcher.” People often catch my attention, and I find myself trying to figure them out. “Who are they?” “What is their story?”
During our most recent vacation, Sam and I were enjoying one of the most delicious meals that we’ve ever eaten. The setting and ambiance were elegant and romantic, and the service was exceptional.
As we were finishing our dinner, I couldn’t help but scan the crowd. Our table was perched above a lower level so I had a great spot for “people watching.”
My eye was drawn to one particular couple. They were both glued to their cell phones. The man put his down for a while, but she continued to gaze at her phone. It seemed that the man tried to engage in some conversation with her, but she had absolutely no response. I told Sam that there must be a problem at that table. She definitely was mad or upset with him.
I continued to scan the crowd. I saw another couple in their 20’s. They were both glued to their phones. I could tell by their body language that there were no issues between them. This was just “status quo” for them. And…yet another couple that was glued to their phones.
Sam and I began to scan the crowd looking for more people who were on their phones. I continued to keep an eye on the couple that I was sure were mad at each other. Their dinner arrived, and they put their phones down, and began to talk to one another. Well…I guess that they were not mad at each other after all. They were just all wrapped up in their phones instead of one another. I had spent time analyzing and assessing this couple along with others in the restaurant while giving Sam my opinion about what was going on around us. As I continued to share with him, he interrupted me and said,
“SUSAN, DON’T MISS THE MOMENT.”
Oh my…I wasn’t wrapped up in my cell phone, but I was so busy “people watching” and talking about how they were missing “the moment” by being on their cell phones that I was missing the moment with my own husband.
After Sam and I left the restaurant, we sat down in the lobby to enjoy some live saxophone music. When the musician finished his first song I clapped, and I could see that I startled a woman who was on her phone texting someone. She looked at me and began to clap too. Our musician friend seemed surprised that we took the time to acknowledge his beautiful music. I guess he is used to being ignored while people are busy engaging with their phones. I looked around and saw another couple on their phone. I decided that I was on a mission to help these people enjoy the moment. By the time our musician friend finished his second song, that couple also joined us in clapping and expressing appreciation for the beautiful melodies.
As we moved through the days of our vacation, I was on heightened alert about cell phones. It seemed that everywhere I looked, people were on their phones. One day I looked up as I was lounging around the pool and noticed a man on top of a roof talking on his cell phone. Ha! I guess he couldn’t get reception inside the building. I had another encounter with a woman who was extremely mad because someone in her group did not respond promptly to her text.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US?
COULD IT BE THAT WE HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO TECHNOLOGY?
HAS OUR SMART PHONE TAKEN PRIORITY OVER OUR RELATIONSHIPS?
I greatly appreciate the convenience that my “smart” phone brings, but if I’m not careful, it can rob me of quality time with the most important people in my life and keep me from the most important moments in life.
IT’S REALLY NOT SO “SMART” TO IGNORE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE AROUND US WHILE WE ENGAGE WITH A PHONE THAT CAN’T LOVE US BACK.
If you have an iPhone, you know that Siri can answer some questions, but she doesn’t love you like your spouse, child, grandchild, parent or friend. Some day Siri will be replaced with the latest upgrade in technology, and we will move on to the next best thing. Technology will come and go, but RELATIONSHIPS are here for the long haul.
I want to encourage you to take the time to “unplug” once in a while. Make your time with people a priority, and take in every beautiful moment of life. When your cell phone is in the recycling bin your family and friends will still be around you. When your cell phone has made its’ way to the local dump there will still be many moments in life to enjoy and embrace.
DON’T MISS THE MOMENT. IT MAY NOT PASS BY YOU AGAIN.
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