Jesus Would Have More of Your Attention If He Was On Instagram or "Charge Your Phone in the Kitchen"

Which one feels more like home?

This one?


Or this one?

Well, you have issues if you picked the second one. Gee wiz, that's creepy.

But if you're anything like me, the first one is familiar. That first one is safe. That first one gets a lot of your attention every single day. 

Is that bad? Let's explore it a bit! What do you say?

Our attention matters to God. Lots of different things get our attention throughout the day, but God deserves our finest and best. Why? Because attention is a primary ingredient of worship.

So is iPhone usage opposed to this? Like many things, it just depends. Allow me to get personal.

I love Instagram.

I love Instagram.

I love Instagram.

Did I say that?

It's true. I think it's so fun. I like the strange, new art form it's created. I like the community it has formed. I like how simple it is. Does it sometimes get more attention that it deserves? I'm afraid to say that I think it does.

Should I give Instagram the ax?

No. Because I think the problem is me — not social media and not my iPhone.

In the end, I value my ability to focus, because God does. I don't know about you, but I think the world offers enough stimulation already. I don't need any more. But, I don't know how much time is too much time. I don't know how many double taps equals sin. Those are bad questions. I think a better question is one of priorities: where is God in the line-up? Is He first? 

So here's the gut check: What is getting my finest attention? 

I hope it isn't bills, an overwhelming schedule or a love interest. And I sure hope it isn't social media.

So, I'm not telling you to give all social media the boot. I'm not telling you that you can't either. You figure it out. Just take an honest inventory.

I'll give you one little challenge, though. It's something I've put into practice. It's not crazy spiritual. It's a pretty simple action step to reclaim a bit of your attention and give you the ability to step back get a good view of what's going on in your brain.

Don't bring electronics into your room.

"But I need an alarm!"

I bought one for 6 bucks at Ikea

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50187566/

"But I watch Netflix before I go to bed!"

Watch it on the couch. You won't die.

Here's the deal. You don't even have to make it a permanent habit. Maybe try it for a week. I just want you to tune in. Unplug for a bit. The worst that could happen is you feel more zen vibes or hear from God during your quiet...

But wait! There's more!

I've also noticed that this practice helps you to look your fears and anxieties in the face. Did you know that when you get horizontal, your subconscious is more likely to leak out? It's true. Laying down helps turn your brain inside out. And if you don't have the noise of social media, you might have to look at all the pain that is in you. And here's a pro tip: you shouldn't avoid that junk. It's what you need to deal with… cool, right? And feeling pain is just ONE of the fringe benefits of this exercise! ISN'T THIS EXCITING?

But I say again: this little challenge is not point. The location of your phone doesn't matter that much. I just want you to be honest about what has your primary and best attention. Perhaps you'll give it a whirl, feel some pain, reclaim a bit of attention and be all the richer for the experience (or at least drool on your phone less...maybe that's just me).

Happy kitchen charging!