This past week has been focused on phones. Something that should be simple, but just isn't. We have dumb phones and love it. However, we were lured into a pricing that would allow us to have smart phones, so we decided to jump head first. We even found great prices on the newest fruit phone on the market. Well, the guy who doesn't know the plans he sells didn't give us all the information and a long story short after several phone calls to our provider, those phones went back.
AND IT WAS A RELIEF.
It wasn't how I wanted to spend my time, enduring phone call after phone call, reviewing my account online, explaining it all to the hubs. However, through it all, I learned something about myself, for that I am thankful.
I'm ok with a smart phone, just not one quiet so indulgent - which is how I felt having it. It was just something I simply did not need (I hate using the word 'need' here because I only NEED Jesus.) I actually had anxiety for having something like that in my possession. I gladly returned the phones and everything returned to how it was before. Somewhat...
In God's timely way, he sent a blog post about how many parents have their noses in their phones, ignoring their children. I took the warning, for I know I could easily get sucked into it myself. I mean there's the app to update and keep all my lists in order. Yes, I could see myself easily doing that.
On another front, I'm counseling my girl on making straight A's an idol. That we can't hold onto something so tightly, because God will not allow us to have idols. In one way or another He will take it (whatever we are clinging to more than trusting Him) away from us.
All this tied into my heart to take warning and to not seek out the latest and greatest in the phone department. That getting a phone the will text (and not shut itself off!), make phone calls is the major focus, not how great it connects to the internet. Because I really don't want it to be that great, because I don't want to use it for that purpose. I have other devices to do that. I don't want to be that devoted to my phone.