We are the most connected generation ever in the history of the human race. The average person with a smart phone checks it more than 60 times a day. Most of us can be contacted instantly via email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, Skype, Facetime, and the most archaic of them all - a phone call. More than likely, there is never a time during the day that you are more than a push of a button away. Some of us sleep with our phones by our beds. Every morning we wake to check the latest updates, likes, and emails. Our children desperately want our attention, but we sometimes find ourselves too busy trying to frame the picture on our phones, or responding to the latest group text that we miss out on what they are actually doing. In this high paced, every increasingly busy hustle of a life there is constant noise coming at us from all directions.
Have we bought into the lie that to be 'busy' and 'connected' = we are 'successful and 'valuable'?
Paul once wrote to the Jesus followers in Rome in his day:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. [Rom.12:1-2 MSG]
It seems to me that if connected distraction is the norm in today's culture, then what would show a world that we live for a different economy would be to live in a way in which we redeem the norm. Unless you want to become a monk or nun, you are probably always going to struggle with the over connected battle. But, isn't there a Jesus way of being in the culture, but not bowing to it? What if we lived lives of connected intentionality?
Today, in your everyday, ordinary life, how can you use your time to show your love through intentionality without the distraction of technology?
The over abundant love and value that is freely given to you by the Ultimate One is your source to live a life that redeems the norm. Let's not buy into the lie. You are a part of something so much bigger than that.
- Rob Peabody, Awaken Movement
Rob is the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit charity that exists to resource the church for action. Awaken creates resources that inspire, educate, and equip local churches to live as Kingdom bringers in their communities. In 2011, Rob and his wife, Medea, along with their two boys moved from a mega-church in Texas to London to start a missional fellowship aimed at reaching the unchurched 20’s & 30’s of the UK who typically wouldn’t step foot in a traditional church. His latest book, Citizen released in Autumn 2014.