Encouragement From The Elders
We had a discussion recently in our Life Group about staying connected with family. The conversation started when someone brought up the “Cell Phone Coop” that Chick-fil-A is offering to help families have distraction free time together. This lead to our remembering phones on the wall with cords, how it was a huge deal if someone was calling long distance and that everyone in the family had the same phone number.
Times have changed. We can call long distance for no additional charge, easily stay in touch with our children when they go off to college, call for help if our car breaks down and even look up directions without a map or stopping to ask. All good things, however, we can also become distracted and disconnected from meaningful interactions. One study states that Americans use their smart phones an average of 4.7 hours per day.
Smart phones and technology can easily eat away at our time with God, a connection that is always reliable, can’t be hacked and won’t be attacked by a virus. How can we stay plugged in and connected to our Creator? Are we making distraction free God time a priority?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
We keep our connection to God alive by spending time in His Word and in prayer. Stay connected through prayer, study, fellowship and service.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
Pray to God. Read a few verses of Scripture. Spend some time in the company of other Christians. And, finally, do a good deed each day for someone less fortunate. It’s one of the best ways to stay connected to the Body of Christ. Because, as often as not, Christ reveals himself to us in the form of the poor and the stranger, so that when we reach out to those in need, especially those who can’treturn the favor, we connect to Christ.