We the people seem to have a need for more: acceptance, friends, knowledge, acknowledgment, debates, laughs, good cries, or something new and exciting that we can live through just by watching someone else do it.

It hit me this morning, as I noticed my kids – myself included – just sitting there at the table on their phones. Either we were watching videos on Youtube or TikTok, checking out Facebook, or searching for answers, but in each case, our time went down the drain, quickly. Why do we justify such large chunks of our day being on our phones or computers? What is it that we are searching for, or wanting more of? Are we really missing out on something?

Reality is, all of these needs are temporary, and how we are trying to fulfill them will actually not do the trick for very long.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

The truth is, we can find all of these things that we seem to wanting and searching for in the person of Jesus Christ. Take even a portion of that time you are spending on your phone to pray in earnest and read God’s Word, and you will find everything you are looking for.

Jesus accepts you because He wants to be your best fiend and knows your potential. He will give you wisdom through the Holy Spirit. He acknowledges you to the point that He sees and knows everything you do, and will even forgive you quickly for your wrongdoing if you ask. He will share in all of your emotions with you, encouraging you with his joy in perfect love. He will reveal to you how silly your doubts and anxieties were before, which will bring on hearty, good laughs at yourself as you reflect on the past.

Do not lose sight of who desires you the most: the Lord Jesus himself.

His story in our history is filled with drama, good vs. evil, highs and lows, protagonists and a hero, and millennia of characters who either accepted or denied who God is. You too are a part of this story – what will people know and say about you 200 years from now or in Heaven’s history?

“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

I too am guilty of wasting a lot of time on things that in the grand scheme of things do not matter by being on my phone or desktop for extended periods of the day. Let’s vow together to prioritize this precious gift of time we’ve been given, and use more of it for strengthening our personal relationship with the Lord. Our time tomorrow is not guaranteed. Right now is what you have. Use it for eternal good. Then you will not need to spend time searching, watching, and hoping for those other things that will not satisfy your longing. Only Jesus can do that.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:13

Food for thought: “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, …”
Proverbs 6:6-10

Fun(?) facts: According to a study, 60% of teens—those between the ages of 13 to 17—say that spending too much time online is a “major” problem facing their age group, with about nine in 10 teens dubbing it a problem. More than half of teens (54%) say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and 41% say they overdo it on social media.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Cali girl on her phone