Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Life Without Cell Phones

We didn't have cell phones in college. My children couldn't figure out how we managed without them. When we needed to talk to someone, we'd walk over to their dorm room, knock on the door and actually talk face-to-face with them. No one sat in their rooms for hours a day playing on their iPhones or computers. When we were bored, we'd all hang out in a room together and talk for hours or we'd go on long hikes or walks together. Sometimes, we'd go to the beach for picnics and playing catch.

While we were walking around the campus, everyone's head was up since they weren't looking down at an iPhone. We would smile and say "Hello" as we passed each other. Sometimes, we'd even stop to talk to each other. Since we didn't have iPhones to text each other each time we were hungry and were on our way to the Dining Commons, we'd have to find someone new to sit with if none of our friends were there. We'd hang out a long time there if we could and simply talk about different issues.

People couldn't reach each other at all times of the day whenever they wanted. It was easier to have quiet times and just get away without interruptions. We did have one land line telephone for an entire floor so our parents would call us on that phone once in awhile but not too often.

We didn't have any cyber friends. All of our friends were people we knew in the flesh. Don't get me wrong, I love my cyber friends. I love that I can teach so many women through the Internet but I think today's young are missing out on the simplicity of not being tied to an iPhone.

None of my children had iPhones until they were out of high school and I don't think Alyssa got one until she was in her early 20s. I still don't think I would give my children one in high school, except for maybe just a simple one to use to make phone calls but not access the web. There's just way too much filth on it and it is too tempting to allow it to consume your life. I still would want them to be able to make eye contact with those in the hallways and spend their free time actually talking to people in person.

Instead of spending so much time on the computer, iPhone, watching television, etc. spend your time making an eternal investment into your children. Teach them God's Word consistently. You don't want to stand before God and confess to Him that you failed to teach your children His Holy Word because you were too busy on the Internet. 

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, 
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation 
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15