As I have spent less and less time plugged in this month, I have become much more aware of other people and how they are spending their time. I am no longer satisfied sitting next to Jason with both of us glued to our cell phones. That just doesn’t count as quality time, you know?
Something else I don’t like seeing is this:
Not that they aren’t the cutest things ever, but there are so many other things I would rather see them doing!
I have never been a fan of phones at the table, or the person riding next to me in the car scrolling through their newsfeed, but now I am aware of those things more than ever. Honestly, I find it very rude.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 tells us, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”
God gives us many pleasures in this life: our friends and family, our jobs, our churches, nature. The list goes on and on! Is your family taking advantage of these gifts from God, or are you allowing technology to rob you of those joys?
In this verse, King Solomon tells us that mealtimes in particular are meant to be a time of joy. We need to take full advantage of those opportunities to sit around a table with our families, talk, laugh, and enjoy food and drink. Whether it’s a homemade meal or McDonald’s, in this busy, fast-paced world, God means for us to slow down and enjoy our meals together.
Challenge #14 – Today, I want you to pay attention to how your family uses technology. Stop letting anyone use technology while a meal is taking place. Use that time instead to talk, laugh, and find joy in each other!