Your Phones Reflecting You
It’s not just an issue for younger generations. I have seen, and am even close to, many adults from older generations (Baby Boomers and beyond) who spend too much time on their cell phones. There may be different uses across generations, but the cell phone has invaded the vast majority of our lives.
For this reason – and because the cell phone distraction is very real with High School and Middle School students – I just started reading a new book. It is titled 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke. Although I have not finished it, I would highly recommend your reading it. Even if you’re not distracted by your phone, someone you know is probably consumed by theirs.
In the preface of the book, Reinke shares a thought that has already been profound in my life. He says that our phones are simply an extension of us. Like a fork is an extension of our hand, our phones are an extension of us. In addition, they are a tool that can be used for great good and great evil. Therefore, they are uniquely poised to be a window to our soul.
Before you write this off as far-fetched or an exaggeration, think about how you primarily use your phone and how much you use it. What does that say about your priorities, your habits, your hang-ups, and maybe even your own sinfulness?
Work email – If you are constantly getting, checking, answering, and writing work emails, it may be that you feel affirmed, needed, and accomplished by others needing you. Your work could be an idol in your life.
Games – If you spend hours filling your free time with purposeless games, it may reflect a problem of laziness or selfishness in your life.
Texting – If you long to see an inbox full of texts from others, it may indicate that your self-worth is not in Christ but in people giving you attention and wanting your attention.
Social media – An obsession with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. may stem from your need to garner attention, obtain others’ approval, or make yourself feel connected through emotionally shallow relationships.
These are but a few of the things that could be vices on your phone. You have to evaluate your own phone habits for yourself. A great starting place is to ask yourself: Does my phone use, in totality, reflect my love for Jesus and desire to be like him?
Meddling In Christ,