Once upon a time, I began to get unexplained headaches. I didn’t know what the cause of my headaches was. All I knew was that I wanted them to go away. So Eric and I began to take a look of what I was doing in my daily life and see if we could find the culprit. What we discovered was that I was spending a lot more time on my electronics, reading and working on the computer. So I decided to take 8 hours away from all electronics and unplug from all the distractions. Completely unplugged.
Afterwards, I felt so refreshed. Replenished. I felt whole again.
My introverted self was refueled and ready to focus on my family. I learned more during those 8 hours, got to spend uninterrupted time with my daughter, and felt the satisfaction of finishing a book I’d been reading for almost a month. I got through so much more of the book in the silence. I found much more of myself in the silence. I could hear the Holy Spirit guiding my thoughts as I read, allowing me to question what I was reading and fully interact with the text. I learned so much.
Don’t be afraid to unplug every day.
As I’ve focused on presence this year, one of the things I’ve learned is that I need to unplug from electronics on a daily basis. I need to spend some time away from the electronics in order to refocus my mind on the things that are most important. I’m not great at it every day. But I try to make sure I read at least once chapter in a physical book. I set the phone on silent and put it aside for a while to play with my daughter. And we try to get outside for a little while, away from the distractions of television, radios, and even noisy toys.
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Using your time wisely is not about getting more done, but it’s about replacing what the World has determined we should consider priorities.
We don’t need to be connected to social media every second of every day. We don’t need to have noise around us constantly. Sometimes, I think we fear the silence that happens when we turn the electronics off because we are afraid of what God is going to tell us. But we shouldn’t be afraid to meet with God. We should come before him in silence. Listening for his voice and gleaning what we can from reading His word. We have to put aside our selfishness and actually live for God.
When we live that legacy lifestyle it is important to carve out that space to show others – and God – that we care about what they have to say to us. That we care about what they have to show us. That we care about who they are to us to the utmost. I want my legacy to say that I made time for those around me. That I focused on those around me. And that I valued others time as well. Because when we are willing to set aside the distractions of the day, we gain so much more in return.
And honestly, sometimes I think our brains need a bit of rest from all the noise. As I type this blog, I’ve turned off the television, the phone is set to the side and on ‘no not disturb’ mode, and there’s no one else around me. And I can think more clearly, write more quickly, and connect my own thoughts in a way that I can’t when I’m trying to watch television or listen to music at the same time. My brain needs to be able to focus on one thing so that I can do it to the best of my abilities.
How can you best use your time? When was the last time you evaluated how you are using your time? Have you created sacred space for God in your life?