setting your phone face down and looking people in the eyes.

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THESE PAST TWO WEEKS WERE KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

I spent the last fourteen days away from social media. that may not seem like a life-altering, world-turning kind of event, but it was huge for me.
I’ll be the first to admit that a good portion of my life revolves around boxes on a screen — boxes that seem like they hold the entire world, when really they leave me feeling lonelier than when I opened them. boxes that beg me to find my worth in the confines of the internet. but, those same little boxes allow me to talk about Jesus without actually talking to people about Jesus. you know what I mean?

I CAN WRITE 140 CHARACTERS ABOUT GOD ALL DAY LONG, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH SOMEONE FACE-TO-FACE, I HESITATE.

not because I don’t want to share the love of Jesus with everyone I come into contact with. it is just ten times easier to conceal yourself behind a computer screen, because what if you don’t know how to respond? what if you don’t have all the answers?
isn’t that a fear we all have at some point in our walk with the Lord? fear of not knowing what to say next. my computer screen acts as a shield — a barrier I put up so people won’t find out that I don’t have all the answers.

BUT, IT JUST ISN’T THE SAME.

yes, you can share the gospel on your facebook wall and you can quote scripture on your next instagram post. but, there is something so special about looking people in the eyes and telling them how much they are loved by the creator of the universe.

WHEN I WAS CHALLENGED TO “BE LESS OF A TALKER AND MORE OF A DOER”, I KNEW THAT MEANT I NEEDED TO STEP AWAY FROM ALL THINGS SOCIAL MEDIA FOR A WHILE.

and so, I did.
it was lovely. it was peaceful. and I woke up every morning feeling like I could conquer the world. but it wasn’t all cheery and joyful. guys, i’m not kidding, it was so dang hard.
I have chronic FOMO (fear of missing out) and the first days of this challenge were incredibly difficult. my friends would be scrolling through their feeds and I would be twiddling my thumbs wondering what I was missing out on. because i’m the kind of person that likes to know what is going on at all times — whether it has to do with me or not.

BUT AS THE DAYS TURNED INTO A WEEK, AND A WEEK TURNED INTO TWO, SETTING MY PHONE FACE DOWN ON THE TABLE BECAME EASIER. CONVERSATIONS BECAME BETTER. AND MY TIME WITH JESUS BECAME SWEETER.

I discovered that God is an “i’m always here, you’ve just got to look up” kind of God. am I too busy looking down at my phone, that I miss what Jesus is doing in my life?

don’t get me wrong, social media is a great tool for connecting. and I bet you are reading this because you saw it on facebook or twitter. but, I am learning that it is not everything.
let’s turn our phones off every once and awhile. and not just talk about God in 140 characters or less. let’s have deep and meaningful conversations. let’s get back to more personal and intimate relationships — relationships that require you to be intentional. let’s set our phones face down on the table and look people in the eyes.

 


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