“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.””
We all struggle some days with treating others like we would want to be treated. We live in a world that never turns off anymore. I remember in late 80’s to 90’s we had to wait our turn to use the phone at the house, we played in the neighborhood until dark, and we had to wait till no one was on the phone for the dial up internet could work.
Now we have everything at our fingertips. We can literally roll over grab a cell phone and operate our entire lives for the most part. Cell phones have become one of the biggest addictions to date. It distracts us, it controls us, it changes our attitudes, and most of all it never allows our brain to shut down completely. I would honestly say it is the biggest distraction for relationships, getting tasks done for work, and giving us complete silence for everyone to be still.
If you really stop and think, it has made everything more complicated if our lives today. That’s why I call it an addiction because we can try, but majority of the time we fail to leave the phone alone. It is like a kid not wanting to go to sleep, as they are afraid they might miss something fun.
What does this have to do with Loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself? I already told you that cell phones are a distraction, and honestly we could say that an addiction is a god of some form. If cell phones take priority, then that makes God at least second or third on list, so we are already not living like we are called to. We have to literally get back to learning how to put God first.
If you really look at your priorities are they in line with what the Scriptures say? We were just given the first two in my opinion. First, should be God before anything else. Second, should be yourself because if you are not 100% then how can you help or treat others kindly. Third, should be your family. As I said this is my opinion in how priorities should be God, yourself, and family based on my experiences.
When I say yourself it is not self gratification, but your mind, heart, and health. If these three things are not a priority, then how does anything else fall into place. If you are truly taking care of your mind and heart, then God would be first. You would want to start and finish your day with The King. Then your health allows you to function throughout the day with family, work, and friends. We have over complicated things, and I honestly believe the root of these priorities begin with our cell phones.
Like I said before, work, money, shopping, drama with friends, news around the world, and social media apps are at our fingertips. This would be no different than an alcoholic only hanging out at bars after getting sober. It would not work because he or she is always tempted by not separating him or herself from the problem.
We have lost sight of loving God first and taking care of ourselves, especially mentally. If we truly got back to loving God first and taking care ourselves, then the world would start to look a little different.
In conclusion, is that we have to allow our cell phones to help us be productive, but we can’t allow them to change us. We have all posted or text things that we wish we hadn’t, but that is because we didn’t think or pray about it first. We simply picked up the cell phone and typed in a matter of seconds. Yes, cell phones can ruin a lot of things in a matter of seconds. I would ask you to take time today, and really look at how your cell phone distracts you from the important aspects of your life. If we truly love God first and start to love ourselves, then we can focus on others to help bring change!
Focus on God and yourself today, so you can be ready to help others when the time comes!