Try for one day to keep track of every time you pick up your phone. With some research showing that we pick up and put down our phones 150 times a day, just logging it may become a challenge.
Now, I’m not asking you actually to take a note, but for one day try to do a mental one. You will quickly get a sense of how much time you are focused on activities and how much time you are being distracted.
So why am I talking about this today?
Well, as the saying goes, ‘replace a negative with a positive.’ So if you have negative habits replace them with positive ones.
Of course, some people will say I need my phone for my job, etc. that’s not negative. But even I go to my phone to check for an important email and find myself replying to a text message or scrolling through Facebook.
Sometimes forgetting all about the reason I picked the phone up in the first place.
What I started to do is, I have a 30-second lock on my phone so when I set it down it locks within 30 seconds. And to unlock it I have to put in a password.
Now, I changed this password to the word ‘prayer.’
So every time I open my phone I am reminded to say the short prayer. “Jesus I surrender to your will.” When I started to do this, I was instantly connected to God more each day.
If you’re going through hurt, worry or doubt it can help you detach from it, even if it’s only for a brief moment.
When we get into a state of worry, doubt or anxiety we can lose ourselves for days, weeks, or even months as we are completely absorbed by what is going on in our lives.
It could be a serious situation, and I don’t want to make light of that, it could be something within your family or with a friend or in your community.
But if we lose ourselves in these events and let worry doubt or fear consume our spirits, our faith can weaken as we can question everything.
Certain events can even test our faith, pulling us down, separating us from God.
We can go through a period where we even give up on Him.
If you find yourself lost in this place, it’s important not to beat yourself up about it. We all have to deal with a certain situation in the best way we know how.
If you tend to use your phone a lot, screens can be locked; screen savers can be put in place, helping us to keep focused on the only thing that matters. Our creator.
You can change your passwords to meaningful positive, motivating words or phrases that help you throughout the day. Each day you are regularly programming your mind with faith.
Just for that split second when you pick up your phone, it can break a negative thought cycle that you may be going through, by connecting you to God. Adding peace to your day
And, when we are more connected, we are more relaxed, we are more centred, we are more at peace.
Whenever you read scripture, prayers or motivational literature, it calms you, and you realise that everything is going to work out.
When you are in the peaceful calm state which prayer brings, you can think level-headedly. You no longer feel from a place of worry, doubt, stress, depression or anxiety, but from a place of faith.
You are coming from a grounded, centred place, and when you come from that place you can see, no matter what is going on in your life, from a new perspective, a fresh perspective, a view you can mirror to the past.
And, in the past, everything worked out, so you know it will work out this time as well.
I wish your self, family and friends a beautiful weekend and may God bless you all, in a 1000 ways.
Thank you for reading
Rev J Martin