1. Your Smartphone May Be Hindering Your Faith Walk
You see it all the time—several people seated together on commuter benches but no one making eye contact. Many are busy checking the status updates of “friends” they’ve never actually met.
Likewise, you see people obsessively checking their phones while someone nearby needs help crossing the street, walking up a set of stairs, or carrying bags. These instances amount to missed opportunities to bring kindness to another’s day by uttering a simple “good morning,” or to lend a hand to someone who can use the help.
Research shows that heavy social media use (often on smartphones) has driven narcissistic tendencies up while driving empathetic tendencies down. Aside from affecting the way we treat strangers, media and technology use is also affecting the way we treat our children.
In one study, 32 percent of 8- to 13-year olds reported that they felt unimportant when their parents were distracted by their phones.
As Christians, we’re to love one another as brothers and sisters. We’re also to show strangers hospitality because in doing so, we may just be showing hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:1-2). Moreover, we’re to honor our God-given duty to raise our children with love for God and love for neighbor so that when our children grow up, they’ll continue to live by God’s light and, hopefully, shine that light to others (Proverbs 22:6).
A Faith-Building Tip:
Take time to enjoy fellowship with those around you by putting away your phone and catching up face-to-face with loved ones, or by simply acknowledging your fellow man or woman with a nod or a smile. Reacquaint yourself with the art of conversation and, in doing so, make the most of nourishing your faith by reflecting God’s love as you show an interest in the lives and well-being of others.
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