Yesterday while I was laying on the ground playing with my daughter I had a big “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe myself” moment. In the matter of minutes I turned on my phone, not once, not twice, but several times! The first time to take a picture of her cute self… which turned into browsing Instagram. Second was to check an Ebay listing, then the next (few) times were just fiddling. I’m not always like this, but I am feeling it happening more and more.
I am literally robbing myself from quality time with my children who are growing up way. too. fast.
Do you do this too? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
Elder Ian S. Arden said,
“There is much that is good with our easy access to communication and information. I have found it helpful to access research articles, conference talks, and ancestral records, and to receive e-mails, Facebook reminders, tweets, and texts. As good as these things are, we cannot allow them to push to one side those things of greatest importance. How sad it would be if the phone and computer, with all their sophistication, drowned out the simplicity of sincere prayer to a loving Father in Heaven. Let us be as quick to kneel as we are to text.
I know our greatest happiness comes as we tune in to the Lord (see Alma 37:37) and to those things which bring a lasting reward, rather than mindlessly tuning in to countless hours of status updates, Internet farming, and catapulting angry birds at concrete walls. I urge each of us to take those things which rob us of precious time and determine to be their master, rather than allowing them through their addictive nature to be the master of us.
To have the peace the Savior speaks of (see John 14:27), we must devote our time to the things that matter most, and the things of God matter most. As we engage with God in sincere prayer, read and study each day from the scriptures, ponder on what we have read and felt, and then apply and live the lessons learned, we draw nearer to Him. God’s promise is that as we seek diligently from the best books, “[He] shall give unto [us] knowledge by his Holy Spirit” (D&C 121:26; see also D&C 109:14–15).”
How do you balance technology and family life? Any tips? I’m changing my ways today!