When is the last time you were tech-free for a day?
I will admit that this is a big struggle for me. I have always loved technology. I remember our first computer – a Commodore 64, and I learned all of the DOS commands and everything.
Technology is a double-edged sword.
It can be a wonderful tool for a lot of good, but it can also be a huge distraction. Our lives today are run by technology: from our cars to our appliances.
Even our quiet times.
We selfie them
We Instagram them
We Facebook Live them
In the end, our quiet times turn into sound bytes of information from the Bible and it is no wonder that so many lack basic knowledge of the Word of God because God doesn’t communicate in sound bytes.
Quiet times take time
What should be one hour with God ends up being 15 -20 minutes because we start off by staging and taking an Instagram shot of our Bible, then we get distracted with notifications, and after getting sucked in on Facebook we suddenly realize that our kids will be up soon and hurry up and read and say a quick prayer.
True quiet times that challenge our faith and help us mature take quality time with the Lord.
Genuine prayer where we know that we have truly met with the King of all kings
Genuine time in the Word, where we pull out a truth and meditate on it all day.
For quiet times to really challenge you to grow, you have to invest quality time.
God doesn’t want to share our attention
God is jealous for our attention.
Our 100% undivided attention.
But more than that, He demands our attention.
If you were to meet with the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Israel, the Queen of England, you wouldn’t bring your iPhone with you, much less be checking your notifications while in their presence.
But so often this is what we do when we’re in the presence of the King of kings, the Creator of the Universe, the most holy, sovereign, and highest of all.
We only give him a fraction of our attention.
And yet – He demands our whole being: body, soul and spirit.
We sing, “You Are My All In All”….until our phone bings with a notification.
And this offends God.
Let’s do quiet time old-school style
When you get up in the morning, turn off your cell phone. Don’t just put it on vibrate, don’t just put it up some place, turn it off. This will keep you from rationalizing reasons to check your email or notifications. They’ll still be there later. Trust me!
Don’t turn on your laptop or tablet either.
Grab your physical Bible…the one that says “Genuine Leather” on the back cover. Not an app!
Then grab a pen and notebook or journal. You may want to also grab some post-it notes, because often you remember things you need to do while you’re reading your Bible and praying.
I’ll be quiet timing in Galatians in May
During the month of May, I’ll be reading in Galatians for my quiet times. Each morning I will post a verse or graphic on Instagram and Facebook after my quiet time is done where you are free to check in and share with me how your tech-free quiet time went.
The new 30 Day Prayer Challenge on Galatians will be available on Wednesdays to download.
This time I will not be doing Galatians for kids. Instead, you can grab an even better Galatians-based pack for your kids at YearRound Homeschooling. Also, Beautiful Ashes and Becoming a Godly Wife have Galatians resources you can download.
Also during the month of May on Wednesdays I’ll be blogging through Galatians.
Let’s start maximizing our time with Jesus by giving him our full, 100%, undivided attention.
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