I am very fond of my iPhone. Ok, Ok, I LOVE my iphone! There's so much about it that is wonderful. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reminders, iCal, texting, camera, email, Dropbox, Evernote, Safari-This does not even include all of my must have apps-banking, Starbucks, Pinterest, Flipboard, At&t, flashlight, maps, Local10, Scramble with Friends-and the list could go on. What's not to love?
But the other day something happened, I was at a red light and I reached for my phone-like I always do, because heaven forbid I have a moment of down time, and I realized that my phone was in my purse-IN THE BACK of my van. A little bit of panic set in. I didn't and couldn't have my phone within my reach. What should I do? This can't be happening.
That's when it hit me-I might have a problem here.
I began to take an inventory of my iPhone usage. Was I spending more time with my iPhone than I was in God's Word? Was I spending more time with my iPhone than in prayer. Ummm, yes and yes.
There's one word for this-IDOL-like it or not.
So, what am I doing about this? Am I going to throw out my iPhone, go on an iPhone fast, swear to only use my iPhone for calls? My iPhone is a tool, a useful one. It's fun and it's productive. It's not a bad thing. But I do need balance. One way I'm tackling my addiction (it kind of stings to say that out loud), is by reading my Bible-using the Youversion app, of course. I've begun reading my Bible through. So when I feel the need to grab my phone and mindlessly start tapping apps, I'm going directly to God's Word. Yesterday alone, I read 17 chapters of the Bible-SEVENTEEN!
Time well spent!
After all, my desire is that this would be my heart towards my Lord:
Not the other way around.
Can you relate?
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