Hello Friends! It’s great to be online and writing again. A week ago, my computer was dead. I contacted my computer guy to come pick it up and see what was wrong. He called me two days later to inform me I fried the hard drive, and I needed a new one. There was more bad news. He could not recover anything from the old hard drive. I had an external hard drive to back up to, but I assumed it did all that on its own. WRONG!
I had been writing my first Christian book and had six chapters completed. GONE! Priceless pictures of our past ten vacations were gone too. However, the Lord was there to reassure me I had nothing to worry about. “Fear Not,” I heard His small voice say. “Practice patience”. I was without my computer for five days. It was difficult not being able to blog, especially when I had some wonderful ideas that I wanted to share, but I didn’t back up my ideas on paper either.
During the time I was without my computer, God suggested I focus on other things. As I laid in bed last night, I realized that I had spent more time reading scriptures in the five days than I had in months. It had been months since I had actually spent any quality time with the Lord. Oh I’d pray many times throughout the day and would give a shout out to Jesus, but what I had stopped doing was retiring early enough that I would read scripture before bedtime. I’d been so busy with blogging and learning about social media that I took the time I once spent in scripture and prayer. This also brought me to another realization that I would like to share with those of you who are parents.
My husband and I went out for dinner last weekend. I noticed that there were several tables of families (mom, dad, children). At every table having one child up to four children all shared the same family trait. Both mother and father were on their cell phones. The older children had their own phones too. The younger ones sat quietly. One woman sat with her daughter that was around 8 or 9 years old. Mom was talking on her phone while her dinner sat untouched. The daughter had finished her meal and was just waiting patiently. Parents, if this sounds like you, please listen to me. While cell phones didn’t exist when I was a child, bars did. My mother would take me out to dinner, sit me in a booth and directed the waitress to let me order whatever I wanted while she sashayed back to the “cocktail lounge.” I remember feeling hurt that my own mother didn’t want to sit and talk with me. I was self conscious that the adults in the restaurant were staring at me wondering why I was sitting alone. Dinner at home wasn’t much better. My mom, grandmother and older sister ate in the living room so they could watch the evening news. I was told to sit in the kitchen with my dinner because I was too young and I’d make a mess on the carpet or furniture. I became used to eating by myself and, as a teenager, I developed an eating disorder that I still battle to this day.
It’s been over 50 years and I still think about my plight every time I see a child of a single parent taking second place to the mother’s cell phone. Meal time should be family time whenever possible.
How does this all tie together you might be asking? It all has to do with priorities. God should always come first in our lives. The Lord gently showed me I had allowed technology to take the special time I used to spend reading the bible and talking to Him. It’s important to be mindful of our actions and how we spend our time. God and family should never take a back seat to technology.