I am blessed to have Dani Munoz from Free Indeed guest post for me this week. She shares seven practical tips on how to limit screen time (most of which I too should be following.)
Sitting in the backseat, my mind lost itself in scrolling through every social media feed. Next to me my baby cheerfully giggled over her car seat toys, while I mused over beautiful Instagram photos and intriguing Pinterest articles.
“…And that was the point. Wait, are you even listening?” said my husband.
I wasn’t. Shame suddenly burned inside me. This moment had happened before, too many times. Instead of initiating conversation with my husband, let alone contributing to it, I had secluded myself in the bubbling world wide web.
“Are you on your phone again?” Hastily shoving it into my purse, I apologized to him with grief in my heart. Not again, Lord. This has to change!
Instead of treasuring moments with my husband and baby, whether out and about or at home, it was becoming second nature for me to be glued to a screen.
Later that day, I remembered the words of Paul:
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:32
Paul was encouraging the Corinthians to be mindful of how their actions impact others, to the glory of God.
I realized my phone was hindering my ability to honor my family, and in turn God. Could it be the same for you?My phone was hindering my ability to honor my family, and in turn God. Could it be the same for you? Click To Tweet
In Christ, we have complete freedom (John 8:36). He has freed us from the power of sin, and we are free by His grace, not our works. However, though we have liberty in Jesus, not everything honors Christ and obeys His teaching.
If we put anything in place of Him, even something as simple as a phone, we can be back in bondage. Good things, like using the computer, can go sour when it leads to disobeying God’s will.
The Great Commandment challenges us to love God with all of who we are, and the second one to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-38). It’s difficult to fully love our Lord and family when our attention and interest are elsewhere.
I share this, because in our technological day and age, excessive screen time is a habit many of us have to break. God’s calling for us to serve our families is so much higher, grander, and meaningful than the temporary intrigues of the digital community.
I decided that with God’s strength, I should be more intentional in enjoying God and my family by cutting screen time, especially when it’s so tempting as a blogger.
God has written in His Word to: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
The reality is serving our family is eternal work. While online communities have their blessings and benefits, they tend to focus on earthly pleasures. We honor God when we keep our priorities in order.
In putting down our phones more often, we are:
Experiencing more precious memories with family, rather than missing them.
Showing our husband care and respect, when we have time with him.
Becoming engaged listeners, rather than half-hearted ones.
Leaving a stronger godly legacy as wives and moms, not disconnected ones.
Setting an example of active and attentive love for our kids, not one of distractedness.
Making the best use of our time, instead of giving it to temporary things.
Are you catching yourself on the phone, laptop, or even watching TV too often?
Here are 7 ways to Honor God and your Family by limiting social media and technology:
No social media checking before reading the Bible and/or breakfast.
Only getting on technology during naptime and after their bedtime to maximize moments with the kids.
Deleting especially distracting or tempting apps.
Setting daily or weekly social media check points to help control when you’re online.
Every time you open your phone to an addicting app, close it and open up the Bible app instead.
Replace screen time with outdoor time.
Make dinner a “no phone zone” so all family members can interact.
My hope in sharing this is not to condemn using technology, but to encourage us to be thoughtful in stewarding our time and to love our families well. May we love our God and families with full and devoted hearts!
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