Accidentally forgetting your phone one day can teach you so much about your priorities. What you think you are going to do in a given day can easily be put on hold while you scramble to retrace your steps to find your phone. You may or may not necessarily be concerned about missing texts, calls, or emails. You just know that you always have your phone with you and right now you don’t have it. Right now your phone is sitting somewhere that’s not with you.
Recently that was my life and my story. I got to my destination and discovered that I didn’t have my phone with me. In the midst of searching for my phone and trying to convince myself that I didn’t leave it behind, God flipped my perspective and reminded me that it was time to check my priorities.
A phone is a really amazing thing. The issue, however, is not about the phone, but rather about the value and reliance you place on it. The phone did not create you and your phone does not sustain you. That was (and still is) all God. When your reliance goes from being on God to anything else, it’s time to reorder your priorities.
Here are a few reminders that God sent my way that day:
- If it is more important to have you phone with you when you leave the house than to pray before you leave the house, check your priorities.
- If you are (intentionally or unintentionally) putting more reliance on the ability of your phone than the ability of God to get you through your day, check your priorities.
- Be careful that you don’t let technology (i.e. email, texts, social media, etc.) replace your focus on growing your relationship with God.
Matthew 22:37-38 says:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. *(Verses 39-40 give the rest of Jesus’ reply/quote.)
This verse also teaches us about priorities. To love something or someone with ALL of your heart, ALL of your soul, and ALL of your mind must mean they are a priority in your life. (Also, Jesus said to love God is the first and greatest commandment.) Let God be first in your life instead of anything else.
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