I’m participating with Kate Motaung and Five-Minute Friday today. The prompt is present and to write for five minutes.
That word present applies to all of us I believe. For a moment I thought not my husband because he is not into any kind of social media, although with two grandsons he has had to change to an i-phone to see pictures of those boys.
I try to be careful now when my two toddler grandsons are visiting. I try to not pick up my laptop to check on my Bible study groups, my blog, or Facebook. Sometimes it is hard and hey it should never be hard to put away electronics (unless we are working from home) and enjoy their presence by being present. For the most part I have been able to wait until they are napping. What kind of example am I setting? Not a very good one sometimes, but I am still working hard on it – to be present in the floor, to be present watching Mickey Mouse, to be present reading a book.
Now back to my husband, and all the men out there. How present are they when a hunting show or a fishing show is on television? Or for your guys it might be football, basketball, baseball, a detective show or Star Wars. Yes, they can be just as out of presence as a person with their electronics.
Sometimes when we are out to eat we look around and so many people are on their phones and it is not for just a moment – it will be the entire meal. WHY? Can we not put down our devices and be present? Honestly, my phone stays in my purse unless I am expecting a call from one of our kids. Life is too short and too precious not to be present.
One thing I know Christ is our example and we are to be like Him. He is right here with me no matter what I am doing – even when I’m on all these crazy devices. He is always there every moment waiting for me to acknowledge Him.
Put down the cell phones. Be present – be a gift to your loved ones.