Perhaps it is time to turn off those electronic devices

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Ours is an electronic world. We live in a world that is brought together through media, I-pads, I-phones, computers and social internet. We are constantly absorbed with our I-phones and other electronic devices. It seems as if everyone is so busy scrolling through them, that they completely miss what is going on around them. Everywhere I go there are people who are effortlessly navigating through crowds of people as they scroll through their device searching for information or texting messages. We spend hours perusing the internet, often late into the night or into the early hours of the morning. Yes, we can “chat” with our friends and catch up on what they are doing through their Facebook posts, but is that really building a quality relationship?? Texting messages on an I-phone, or typing short abbreviated messages on Facebook or Twitter certainly can’t replace the rich and meaningful interaction that comes from a real, in person conversation. We just don’t seem to really interact with each other anymore and it worries me that we are morphing into a cold, indifferent, impersonal society because of it.

We are shaped and influenced through the media, pop culture, and materialism of a modern, free society. Unfortunately, we have also become absorbed with our own desires, wants and needs. Even though our world is “brought together,” through these modern forms of communication, they are also what tears us apart. We are constantly confronted with hateful and angry web-sites and Facebook posts that divide us through “political, religious, economic, and social” opinions that seem to only aim at hurting and destroying. So often, it seems that we choose to focus on the things that divide us (politics, religion, income, values, beliefs, profession, etc.). We seem to have become so alienated and self-absorbed by our own desires, wants and needs, that we have completely lost focus on our fellow-man.

We are all in a rush to move through the day and as we crawl into bed at night, wonder what the next day holds, oftentimes forgetting about the people who matter the most to us. Perhaps it is time for us to slow down a little bit and begin to look at the beauty around us. Perhaps we should spend a little more time away from our electronic devices and more time with our significant other, our children, and those we love. Perhaps we should take a long walk in the woods or view a beautiful water fall. Just take a few precious hours to feel the air on our face and the warmth of the sun as it pours its bright rays upon us. Perhaps we should spend some time staring up at the stars and the amazing universe above us.

There is so much in our world that needs our love and attention. The plight of the homeless, our poor, our elderly, abused children, the list is endless. Friends, I encourage you to join me in committing to dedicate four hours a week focusing on others. I have decided to push myself away from the computer and social media, turn off my I-phone and for at least four hours a week, focus on those who matter the most to me and to care about those who are less fortunate. I hope you will join me.

Philippians 2:4
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

John 13:34-35 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

Galatians 6:10 

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 Timothy 5:8 

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Bible Verses About Caring for Others- Kindness

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:12
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Galatians 2:10 

Only, they asked us to remember the poor the very thing I was eager to do.

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