I am fascinated these days by how everyone is seemingly obsessed with keeping their smartphones charged. I am in restaurants and bars where patrons are always asking waiters and bartenders if they can plug in their phones behind a counter somewhere. And on any trip to the airport you will see all kinds of electronic devices being charged at outlet stations at various seating areas. Our greatest fear is being somewhere without our phone fully charged, it seems.
While I do know from experience how lost you feel when you are out in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone, I do wonder about what our obsession with wanted to keep charging our phones says about where our priorities lie.
We want to keep our phones charged at all times, yet we are not as diligent about recharging our faith on a daily basis. If we have the time to search for an outlet to recharge our phones, we certainly have to the time to take a few minute to search through Scripture at various times throughout the day to keep ourselves charged up spiritually.
Instead of panicking when we receive notification that our phone power is at 20% and then at 10%, we should be worried that we have made through 10% or 20% of the day without praying. Our spirits can be refreshed again and again with a few moments of simple one-on-one conversation with our Savior.
If we can drop everything to find our charger or dig around the car for that USB cord, we can certainly have the same sort of urgent approach when we are in desperate need of a reconnection with the divine. There are times when we should just drop everything and take time for the Lord.
I am amazed by how second-nature it has become for me to plug in my phone and now my portal charger into the wall each night before I go to bed. And yet, how often do I neglect to pray before hitting the pillow.
Recharging our faith through prayer, Bible study, meditation and reflection should be a natural part of what we do each day and something we will not allow ourselves to forget.
So I am challenging myself this week to say a prayer every time I have to recharge my phone. Won’t you join me? Our faith lives are bound to be rejuvenated in the process.