1 Corinthians 6:12
“Everything is lawful for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful for me,” but I will not let myself be dominated by anything.
Our phones can…
- Amplify our addictions
- Cause us to treat others harshly
- Feed our craving for instant approval
- Distort our identity
- Tempt us toward unhealthy isolation and loneliness
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Do my smartphone behaviors move me toward God or away from Him?
- Do my smartphone behaviors edify me and others or do they build nothing of lasting value?
- Do my smartphone behaviors expose my freedom in Christ or my bondage to technology?
Practical Boundaries: We either learn how to control it or get rid of it.
- Turn off unnecessary push notifications
- Delete time wasting apps
- At night keep your phone out of the bedroom
- Use an alarm clock
- Guard your morning disciplines
- You don’t have to respond immediately
- Ask your family members
- At meals, leave your phone out of sight
- When spending time with others, leave it off
- Take periodic breaks
1 Peter 5:1-4
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.