Musings on the Moment
That’s what these are, just musings, just some thoughts, along my life’s journey.
So, yes, I finally got an iPhone. I can’t say I really wanted one when they were being hyped in the media or when I saw people standing in long lines to buy one, but when iPhone owners began to show me all they could “do” with their apps, then I began to at least wonder if I shouldn’t get one. I mostly embrace technology, especially when it enables me to stretch beyond what I know, when it feeds me information and provides me with quick answers to all my “how” and “why” questions.
The actual moment of buying one came when my husband said he thought he needed one. When it comes to technology we are opposites, so this announcement was a total surprise. Why would he want such a technological marvel? It was the technology that made it appealing to him. It was the technology that made it easier for him to use his contact list. It was the technology that made all the options easier to understand. than his old phone. It was the technology that made navigating the phone as easy as touching a screen. So we both got iPhones.
After two weeks of ownership, I’m faced with a spiritual problem. There are so many things to look at, to read about, to laugh at, to play with that I find myself having to say “no” to picking up a cell phone! And not because it’s ringing. It’s the soft chime telling me someone has answered my challenge on Word With Friends. It’s the desire to check out what kind of bird I just saw in the backyard by keying in a description on the Bird app. It’s needing to know the word of the day from the Dictionary app. As can happen with almost anything in our fallen sinful world, the iPhone had become a passionate distraction, drawing me away from a myriad of household, family and personal duties.
So, some self-control is definitely in order. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “I discipline my body and keep it under control.” In doing so, he’s seeking to glorify God. Now that’s a passion I can live with!