The days start to run together when we forget to take a step back and take a deep breath. Even when we’re not busy with events, our minds can be busy scrolling through updates like this one, participating in fruitless thinking, and obsessively worrying. Even when I’m not “doing” anything, I trend towards busying my thoughts with frantic fret or jumping from one distraction to the next.
It’s a commodity in this world, one I can’t seem to get quite right. Even as I’m composing this, I’ve checked my phone that buzzed and thought about a handful of things I have no control over. My tendency to wander toward the stream of life’s craziness shows a few things about myself, things that you may find to be true about yourself, too.
1) Confronting myself can be scary. Dealing with what’s going on inside takes courage. Choosing “busyness” over honesty is a way to stay on the surface. Why deal with the bitterness in my heart when I can just scroll through Twitter?
2) Human relationship requires intentionality. True connection means going against the grain and staying present. I’ve heard it said that saying yes to one thing means saying no to thousands of other things. To be present with a person means to say yes to him or her, and no to other people and events. Sadly, I can try and say yes to a few things at once—pulling out my phone or thinking about a different project or wandering to a different place in my mind. Focus, focus, focus. Be where you are.
3) God’s voice seems louder in the quiet. This doesn’t necessarily mean the volume is down, but it does mean I hear him louder when I’m turning down the other influences on my time and thoughts. Jesus himself retreated to talk to God. When I start to feel out of touch with God, often it’s a symptom of thinking busyness—in thought and deed—is the best plan.
Let’s take inventory of what we’re thankful for today. Be in the moment. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Breathe in and breathe out. Take a few moments away from our phones. Have a healthy relationship with technology. Focus.