Tonight my 6-year old prayed for our 1-year old (who has been throwing up and has some sort of stomach thing). He prayed last night and again tonight when we prayed together as a family.
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You know those people that seem to have everything figured out? You know, the ones who know exactly what they are supposed to do every step of the way in their lives? The ones who know every next step and follow “the plan” precisely?
I had the privilege this morning of speaking at another church here in town called Joshua’s Crossing. They are a cool church plant, maybe 3 years old-ish, and they are doing some really cool things over there. One of my personal core values and a heartbeat of our church is working with and supporting other churches, so when they called and asked me to speak I was very happy to do so.
a few months ago on here I mentioned I was going to start a new workout (new as in actually start working out). But that petered out quick. Things at the church were 90-nothing (always are, that’s a good thing) and I was taking 6 hours of graduate coursework.
No, I’m not writing a post about Rosie O’Donnell and that argument with Elizabeth Hasselbeck or whatever her name is. Not talking about Barbara Walters either.
No, I wanted to share with you a couple of views from vacation.
The first was an amazing view. It had just rained so the beach actually looks kinda muggy but it actually turned out pretty beautiful the rest of the week. This view is from the balcony of our hotel room.This was a really great view, at night you could see ships passing by, and occasionally see a couple strolling, holding hands as they walked down the beach together. The breeze from the ocean was just amazing and a just a great place to be. The view in the morning was gorgeous.
All of that, and I found a view on vacation that I thought was even more precious than the ocean and it’s beauty…
Well this past week I was on vacation and I tried a little experiment: leaving my cell phone in my bag and not using it at all. I succeeded to go from Sunday till Friday with I think only 1 turning-on because I needed to call home or something. The rest of the time I left it in my bag on silent or off.
This was so freeing. It was so nice not being a slave to that thing. My wife commented that it made vacation so much better not having to hear my phone go off or me have to answer 20 calls a day. Even when I set some boundaries and leave it on silent for x amount of time, I feel like so much of my life revolves around using my phone. It would be different if I had a cool phone like the iPhone, but on my pile it’s reduced to just answering other people’s calls.
How about you? What’s the longest you were able to go without using your phone? Do you feel like you can set boundaries and say “I’m spending time with my family tonight, therefore I’m putting it on silent for a few hours” without fear of getting chewed out by someone? What’s your experience?