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“Unplug To Plug In”

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Recently I made the agreement with my family that I’d take them out to dinner only if they all agreed to turn their phones off or leave them in the car. All agreed and we had a nice dinner complete with much family conversation. We reconnected with one another, told stories and laughed a lot together. I’m persuaded that we today are so plugged into so many different electronics that we’re not plugged into the things that we should be. As good as the phone, the internet and social media are, they can be just as negative as they serve as distractions that take our attention from what’s most important. If you are plugged into your phone more than your family then you need to unplug. If you are plugged into social media more than you are to God, then you need to unplug. I truly believe that sometimes we all need to unplug to plug in. I don’t mean unplug from your electronics only to plug back into those things. We need to unplug from the world for a while regularly so that we can plug into God and our family. It’s not family time when the whole family is in the same room but everyone is plugged into a different device and no one plugged into one another. When your tweeting on twitter you’re not tweeting God. When you’re texting, you’re not texting God. The same is true with Facebook and Instagram. You won’t find quality quiet time with God on social media. I’m in no way saying these things are bad, but I do believe they can take over our time and keep us from spending quality time with our family and God. I challenge you each day to make a conscious decision to unplug from the phone and social media and plug into some time with God and your family. Jesus didn’t have to be concerned with catching up on emails. Nor did He have to return texts to the apostles. Sending out a tweet to His disciples wasn’t an option, nor was updating His Facebook status or posting His most recent selfie on Instagram. It’s true that Jesus dealt with none of those things but He still unplugged from everything for a while so that He could plug into His Father in heaven. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”(Mk.1:35)

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