GOD BLESS YOU ALL THIS 4th OF JULY WEEKEND!
This Independence Day, may we be dependent on HIM alone! In His FREEDOM We LIVE!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Last week I wrote about how God opened my eyes to a moment of “being still.” In this age, we are addicted to being busy. Most of what makes us busy was originally designed to make life easier. Our generation has abused the gift of technology.
I was inspired this week by a blog post written by my friend, Rachel Stafford. She is the author of a blog she calls “Hands Free Mama.” This precious woman has mastered the art of living life “hands free.” She doesn’t depend on utilizing the latest technology as a means of connecting with society. However, she uses the gift of technology on her blog to share her testimony and daily discoveries on her new journey. Here’s an excerpt of her recent post, “Give It A Rest”…..
“The birthday of the United States (aka The Fourth of July) is right around the corner. Americans will spend the day celebrating our independence with fireworks, cookouts, and being with family. Yet most of us will still be dependent….dependent on technology.”
“Being ‘connected’ (via our phone or computer) has become our number one source of stimulation, yet it is also our downtime.”
–Being “connected” is our work, yet it is also our play–
–Being “connected” is how we use our time more efficiently, yet it is also how we kill time–
–Being “connected” is how we associate, yet it is also how we detach—
–Being “connected” is just a way of life…like eating and sleeping; it’s just what we do—
When we neglect the chance to rest our brains, we forget how to rest our brains. Researcher, David Levy, worries that “life online is giving us ‘popcorn brain’ – a brain so accustomed to the constant stimulation of electronic multitasking that we’re unfit for life offline, where things pop at a much slower pace.”
In the Bible, the word “Selah” means “pause.” Sometimes we need to “pause” to catch our breath. The Bible commands us to partake in the Sabbath. Many of us are guilty of overlooking that commandment, much less….we cannot even take five minutes per day to “be still.”
Here are ways I take a “pause” in my life:
Although I do not watch much television, and yes, television is technology, there is nothing like the clean, fun, laughable pause I receive when watching a 30 minute episode of an old sitcom like “I Love Lucy” “The Honeymooners” or “The Andy Griffith Show.”
I also enjoy sitting in my comfy chair and closing my eyes and listening to worship and praise music.
I relish any sunrise or sunset I can catch.
I walk around the block with my sweet dachshund Lena-Belle. Even though my feet are moving, my mind is absorbing the beautiful surroundings of the sunshine and birds chirping.
Speaking a “breath prayer” of gratitude with the Lord always provides a breath of life.
Friends, I hope this post will remind you to pause. The next time you feel the urge to respond to a text message or post something on Facebook try to incorporate a moment of the “hands free” life. I dare you to step out and take a shot at processing life in a new way—away from the chaos and distraction of technology! Take more time to enjoy the quiet, calm moments. It renews and RESTores our spirit!
Rachel says it best—“The most restorative breaths are the ones taken in the pauses of life.”
Thank you for the gift of REST. Forgive us when we neglect your Sabbath, but forgive us even more for trying to live life our own way. When we have our focus on YOU, we receive balance. May we live in FREEDOM by depending on you, not depending on technology or being busy as a way to stimulate our spirits. Help us to recognize what is most important–YOU and the cherished relationships you provide us.