Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number - Jeremiah 2:32 NIV
One of the most enjoyable things that we do as a family is go on vacations. This past Spring break we went on what we termed a "historical" vacation. We went to Gettysburg, PA and also to Washington DC. During a train ride into on of our sightseeing visits, I was on my smartphone checking and answering emails. My oldest son Trey looked and me and stated, 'Dad, have you forgotten about us?' We are here on vacation and you are supposed to be enjoying the time with us. I had been so engrossed with my work that I had indeed forgot about the reason that I was on vacation. I was embarrassed that my son had to call me out about what I was doing. I put my phone away and enjoyed the rest of the vacation with my family.
Smart phones, IPads, tablets are just some of the ways that modern technology has provided us with ways to stay connected. Or has it? Are we really connected, or have we become disconnected with one another? I was speaking with someone at church the other day and he expressed his frustration with his significant other because she is constantly on her phone checking social media. He stated that it is practically impossible to have a meaningful conversation because she is constantly distracted by the alerts going off on her phone notifying of a new post or comment. Men, are we finding that we are disconnected in our relationship with God and our family and friends because we're distracted by other things? Where are our priorities?
Jeremiah talks about priorities and uses the analogy of a bride preparing for her wedding. In preparation for her wedding, would a bride forget her wedding dress, jewelry, makeup or ornaments? Of course not, she wants to look beautiful for her husband. It would be foolish of her to that. However we have, on many occasions, forgotten to nurture our relationship with our God along with those of our family and friends. We have neglected to prioritize the time needed for strengthen the relationship with Christ by spending time studying scripture and in prayer. We have neglected the time needed in our relationships with our significant others and children? How do start becoming connected to the things that are important in our lives? We start by doing what I did on our Spring break vacation. I realized that I was disconnected (either by the voice of God or in my case, the voice of another) and took the step to focus on the relationship that was important.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.