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Taking My Eyes off My iPhone

One month ago, my cell phone disappeared. I don’t know if I lost it or if someone took it. I was in Atlanta for the International Christian Retailing Show – a large event, in a big hotel, in a really big city, going to a ginormous airport – all without my cell phone.

I spent one week without a phone. And I got over the shakes after a few days. Several of my good friends suggested this time without my phone might be a gift from God. Uhhh. I wonder.

Well, they were right. I now use my generous brother’s hand me down iPhone 3gs. The camera doesn’t work and I can’t use the keyboard very well unless I turn the phone to the side.  This keeps me from logging into several apps (log in screens don’t rotate – strangely enough). So now, I no longer use the following programs on my phone:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • FourSquare
  • Instagram
  • Email (my choice)
  • Camera/Video

You are probably thinking – “that’s no iPhone!”  But it works and I am no longer glued to it. I’ve taken my eyes off my iPhone and I am looking up at the people I blessed to enjoy life with. This is just one way God has directed me to live this life well. For me, less phone equals more relaxation. You may not need to unplug. Or you might. I didn’t know I needed to until I entered a forced phone fast.

As I think on Romans 12:1-2 and presenting my body as a living sacrifice to God, I’m happy to be sacrificing less of me to the iPhone. What about you?

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

15 Replies

  1. Happy for you Jen! I am wondering…..do you think the angel that took your phone that night in Atlanta is on facebook?

  2. Jennifer White

    Lou – if they are on facebook – I pray they find the Joy of Jesus there.

  3. Good read.

    Do you think you could help me arrange to lose my laptop as well?

    As a note of encouragement: thank you for sharing your struggles with technology without jumping on the “band wagon” of all digital is evil!

    1. Jennifer White

      Doug – i know people who can take care of that laptop. They are 7 and 5. And thanks for the encouragement. My brain sometimes falls into all or nothing thinking – but wisdom tells me that’s not where I’m to hang out on this one. Blessings friend.

  4. Hmmm? Oh, I’m sorry, I was texting. Did you say something?

    We often like to talk about electronic distractions as though they’re limited to adolescents. The truth is that we all have so much “noise” in our lives — activity that seems important but really produces zilch of eternal consequence.

    Each year, I promise God that I’m going to cut out the noise, and maybe I do (to an extent). Sometimes it’s hard to know where the line is. Does activity like what I’m doing right now breathe the love of Jesus into anyone’s life? Is my availability for emergencies or counsel by half a dozen different electronic means putting me in contact with people, or is it distracting me from them?

    My prayer: “God, you decide what works. Cut out the rest. Even if I have to go to Atlanta to do it!”

    1. Jennifer White

      Ken – you are so right. I’m not sure I would have ever walked away from the distraction of the phone even tho I knew in my heart it was what “I” needed to do. I’m grateful God knows my needs. Your eternal perspective is what we all need to be holding up as a road map for these days of noise and distraction. Your prayer – priceless! God must be grinning.

  5. Melinda Lancaster

    I appreciate you sharing this, Jen. I’ve been wrestling with this issue (noise & distraction) since the first of the year.
    Like you, and Ken, I don’t want to be so distracted by what I think is of God that I miss Him & all of His blessings.
    This post encourages me to continue decluttering. Thanks, friend.

    1. Jennifer White

      It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this “decluttering”. I’ve also cut back on things I do outside my home during the week. I need peace more. Bless you in your journey!

  6. Nancy Ellis

    I could not agree more Jennifer. The more technology we have in our lives to make our lives easier the busier we are. Finding less is more in this past year and loving my new found time. Not going cold turkey on everything but cutting way back. We recarpeted last fall and put our entire house in Pods while we worked on the house. Found some wonderful moments with God in my quiet time with no clutter to distract me. Found myself purging many things in my home to take me back to a more simpler time. Baby steps. Yes!!! Less is more.

    1. Jennifer White

      Nancy – I celebrate your move toward simplicity. I want that too – less to dust, less to take my eyes off eternal things. You inspire me lady! Love u

  7. Jennifer, I think lots of us can identify with this struggle.
    I have recently decided to cut back on my time in front of the TV in exchange for more time reading. It was a great decision, I’m loving it.
    I used to complain that I didn’t have time to read, it seems that I did have time, I just wasn’t using it properly…

    1. Jennifer White

      The TV and all its hundreds of options and very little to make us smarter and build us up. Good for you! What are you reading??

      1. I’m currently reading “The hole in our Gospel” by Richard Stearns (former CEO of World Vision). Awesome book! I’m reading it slowly, one chapter a day, to process it better.
        In parallel, I’ve just started “Ruth” by Lori Copeland (fiction).

  8. I will just say “ouch” for now… I’m not ready to make a commitment to change. So I’ll bury my head back into my laptop, while playing Angry Birds on my iPod and wait for my cell phone to ring. 🙁

    I can say that I do now put the phone away at dinner time… unless I am eating alone…

    Great post! Thanks for sharing ! <3

    1. Jennifer White

      Melissa – I don’t know that I could have done it either. God was gracious! Good for you – putting it away for dinner!