Electronic Free Zones
As I awoke this morning (later than usual), I found it to be raining outside. I'm not the guy that hates when it rains...in fact, I love a good midwestern thunderstorm, rain falling gently and the opportunity to sit out on the porch and enjoy it all! After a leisurely breakfast, prepared by my loving wife, I extended her the invitation to sit with me on the front porch and enjoy a cup of coffee. I had gone out earlier and decided that it would be my "no electronics zone". When she came, she had her phone in her hand and suggested that we not allow any electronics to enter this quiet, rare time. She readily agreed.
That sounds great and I wish that it reflected the entirety of my life, but it doesn't. I'm far to given to the world of electronics and something goes off in my brain when I hear the text message chime go off and it drives me crazy until I find out who needs me, or who wants me, or who wants to communicate with me. Maybe it's just me, but there has to be something wrong with that! I literally sat outside this morning and wondered how my parents lived without all of the convenience of the modern world of cell phones, iPads and everything else under the sun! They would probably look into my world and wonder who I live with all of this stuff. Sure, we are exposed to more information and are connected in ways never before imagined, but it also makes me wonder what we are missing.
I have recently gotten into the habit of leaving my phone in my truck whenever I'm meeting with somebody for a meal, or even when I'm with my own family. I'm having to work really hard at breaking the habit of always being on something electronic. Sure, I'm always available, but is that necessarily the very best thing? Whenever I'm connected to the electronic world, my brain never relaxes and it seems to me that I need a break just to recoup from the constant pressure world that we live in.
I guess this blog is more than just an encouragement to create your electronic free zones, but also a confession that I need to do better myself. I love picking up my iPad and reading the latest thing that God has spoken to the national prophet, apostle or pastor, but seems to me that I have to put it down in order for God to speak to me Himself. Maybe I'm missing even more than I thought I was. Maybe, just maybe there are conversations, insights, laughter, and relationships that would and could be stronger if we (I) would just learn to live more without my electronics and create more healthy environments that are "electronic free zones"!