Ringing, dinging, buzzing, singing. We are a noisy bunch of folks these days.
It’s a wonder that we can focus on anything with all of the chirping, whistling, humming and vibrating that’s going on around us. Most of us are answering our phones in the checkout lines, drive thru lanes, on date nights and even in church. We’re pouring out our hearts in waiting rooms, school rooms, break rooms and even bathrooms. (Puh-LEASE!) We scramble to answer our phones while we’re driving, groping frantically through our purses and consoles. We carefully position our phones on the steering wheel so that we can even text while speeding down the road at 60 miles per hour, seemingly forgetting that we cannot control everything. We interrupt friends, ignore children, tune out spouses and neglect to thank the folks who hold open our doors, wave us ahead of them at the 4-way stop and bag our groceries. Many of us even try to maintain two conversations at the same time, confusing a multitude of people around us.
And yet we keep on doing it.
What is wrong with us that we think we are so important? What makes us live as though we truly believe that the world will stop spinning if we ignore the bells? How can we justify putting other people in danger for the sake of a text? How can what is happening on social media trump precious time spent with our children at the park or extended family on holidays or even our evenings with our spouses?
We’ve got some priority issues, folks.
The number of people who have liked our status does not determine our worth.
The continual chirping of our phones does not dictate how much we are needed.
The world will not spontaneously combust if we silence our phones while driving.
Unless the good Lord wills otherwise, the sun will still rise if we leave our phones on the kitchen counter through the night. (We’d probably sleep better, too!)
We have got to discipline ourselves to tune out of some things for the sole purpose of tuning into the important things. We have got to unplug from the little things so that we have the energy to plug into the big things.
We simply must recognize the difference between a distraction and a priority.
When we choose to heed the chirp of our phones over the well-being of the people around us, we are allowing our legacy to be compromised. We must be intentional about our investment in those we love if we want to have a positive lasting legacy. Boundaries are a good thing. It’s time to set some for ourselves.