How many times do you think you glance at your phone each day?
Research claims that the average American checks their phone between 80 and 150 times a day. Wow. Pause for a minute and let the weight of that fall on you.
If someone asked us what we were doing – what we were accomplishing – in those glances, we’d probably be able to give a pretty clear answer. Just today, I used my phone to read my Bible, use email and texts to communicate for several important purposes, connect and share life with friends and family through social media, create a meal plan, add to my grocery list, cue up a music playlist, learn from a video, and the list goes on.
But what if we were asked what we missed in those 80+ glances? How often do I consider what I’m looking away from?
Here are a few noteworthy things I saw today, in and around my own home, yard, neighborhood, and city:
The faces of my children, looking to me for recognition and approval
The gorgeous fall leaves, turning brilliant colors against the bluest fall sky
A vibrant crimson cardinal peeking out from the eve of our roof
My youngest’s animated expressions and giddy laughter as she shared a made-up story
The rushed parent at preschool pickup, with whom a smile was shared
The joy in my oldest’s eyes as she danced through the kitchen
My husband’s eyes, equal parts loving and exhausted, as he walked in the door after work
How many moments – seemingly insignificant, but actually priceless – pass right before our downcast eyes? Too many times, I think I’m looking but don’t truly see. This life passes in but an instant; I don’t want to miss it. My phone is invaluable to me in many ways, but never more so than the precious people and moments the Lord has placed right in front of me.
I just need to make sure I’m spending enough time looking up.
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