Distract, Distract, Distract

My clever little smartphone has a relatively new alert and has started helpfully notifying me of my ‘Screen Time’ usage. Oh dear, was I in for a shock?
Yes, absolutely, if I had been asked to guess at the amount of time that I stare at my phone I would have been oh so, so wrong.
My actual figures were well over double what I would have surmised and this has given me cause for concern. Why? Because, time is precious and I so often feel that my ‘to do’ list is in danger of being overwhelmed by my ‘time to do it in’ availability.
Here comes my justification. On my very clever hand held device I can; SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger and email. I can check the Time, the Weather, the News, my Location (or that of others), my bank balance, my fitness level, the next train or bus, take photographs, listen to music, shop to my heart’s content oh and also actually make and receive calls!
I had considered that my Online Bible, Daily Devotions, and Prayer Site had somehow been the main focus and largest consumption of my time but this irritatingly clever and accurate new function breaks down my time and my illusions, and this week the heading of Social Media had the largest number of minutes used!
The Apostle Paul said;
Book of Romans Chapter 8 Verse 5 ESV
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
I would have declared that my choice had been made historically and was renewed again daily as a decision to set my mind on the things of the Spirit but, indisputably, with the evidence in black and white, I had allowed the tempting distractions of the world to consume far more of my time than I had been aware of.
Defensively, I considered the reading that I did on Facebook, oft times coming across news on persecuted Christians and updates on Israel that are completely ignored by mainstream media but is my newsfeed predominantly made up of this information? No, it is not. The Apostle Paul also said;
Book of Philippians Chapter 4 Verse 8 ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I want to keep my focus on the things of the spirit and the things of beauty in this world.
I could turn off my  ‘screen time’ notification but it has served me as a clarifying early warning that my focus was not where I thought it was! Time for change!

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