When was the last time you were alone? We live in an overly connected world. The days of the kitchen phone with the cord that could stretch all the way to the living and dining room are long gone. In fact, most of our students have never even seen a phone with a cord. We can be reached by a computer, tablet, phone and now by the watch we wear. Who knew what we saw on inspector gadget would actually become reality.
Our students are growing up in this world where the expectation to always be accessible is a reality – have you ever noticed how many notifications your students’ phones receive each day? They receive texts, DM’s, and even a notification if someone liked or commented on the post of their lunch. I’ve seen numerous posts from students that went something like this: “Please DM I’m bored – in a car for 3 hours”. Don’t even get me started on the reaction from a student if they lose, forget, or break their phone.
In a culture that is training our students to be plugged in all the time, it is our job to teach them how to unplug.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”. It’s no longer natural for a student to “Be still” therefore it is our job as parents and pastors to teach them these skills. Take some time to share with your student the importance of finding an alone time with God.