“One servant is worth a thousand gadgets” Joseph Schumpeter
I recently heard a radio DJ ask, “If you had to choose between your smart phone or one of your kidneys, what would it be?” I listened as callers reported their choices, most of them saying they would rather lose a kidney than their smart phone. A telling commentary on where we have come in our society in such a short time. We’ve become addicted to those mini-computers haven’t we?
I too am crazy about my iPhone. Sure, being able to check FB and Instagram any place anytime is fun, but what I love most about my phone is the ability to make lists and receive reminders. I am a list-making nerd. A list making nerd who sometimes adds an item that’s already been completed because it’s thrilling to check off said item again. Anyway…
I make my daily to-do list first thing in the morning or before going to bed. I like the app called “Any Do” (it’s free). On this list, I include all of my regular reminders (ex.: 1. put on Hazmat Suit and clean the boy’s toilet 2. Return Sonya’s call etc.).
In addition, I include spiritual reminders. Right now, I am memorizing Ephesians 5:2, so on my list I have (you guessed it) Eph 5:2. I also include people who need prayer. The mother of one of my dear friends fell a few months ago and has double vision as a result. I pray for healing for Emmaline when I see her name on my Any-Do list.
Then, there’s the timer. On my list I type: “check-in with God”. I set the timer to jingle during a planned slow (ish) part of the day. Lunchtime usually works. When my busy brain hears the timer ring, I take a deep breath and focus on God by praising Him, praying for the needs listed or working on my memory verse.
Unfortunately, some days fly by without my stopping to connect with the Lord. I confess that He isn’t on my brain all the time. That’s why I love this system.
The key is to check your list periodically.
There are endless, amazing ways to use our phones. Many of us use Bible apps (I like YouVersion and Logos) There are apps that have daily devotions or pod-casts with sermons or radio broadcasts.
Yes, I too am addicted! But much of the time I use this wonderful little computer to connect with God and make the most of the time He has given me.
As a result, I feel less guilty about choosing my phone over my kidney.
I checked my cell phone today and was inspired by a message from a friend. Maybe constantly checking for messages is another way to check-in on those who need prayer and encouragement.