More than any other generation, we are connected — by cell phones, instant messages, wireless internet, and other modern technologies. Yet somehow in the process, many have confused the concept of being constantly connected with always available. As a result, the quality of our relationships — with God and with those we care about most — can suffer.
Today I offer four simple insights to help you keep connected to those who matter most:
- Protect your time with God. After all, you’re the only one who can! And He is your most vital connection of all. When we forsake time in Bible study, prayer, meditation, and personal worship, we lose focus and perspective.
- Preserve time with family. Quality time is important, but fifteen minutes of quality time does not substitute for a generous quantity of time together. In our fast-paced world, it’s important to make every moment count. Get your spouse and kids’ names on your calendar, and treat those appointments as if your life depends on them — because it does! (As an aside, just because you have cell service or wireless access, that doesn’t mean you have to be using it!)
- Practice healthy boundaries with others. There are always people who want and need your time and attention. This is true in any walk of life but even moreso for those of us who are serving in full-time ministry. As I’ve said many times in the course of my writing, it’s imperative that we learn how to set appropriate priorities, knowing that we must say ‘no’ to some things in order to say ‘yes’ to others. No one can do everything, and sometimes we want to pretend that just isn’t so.
And finally . . .
- Practice good self-care. Proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise are essential not only for strong physical health but also for strong mental and emotional health as well. By taking care of yourself, you will be better able to invest meaningfully in the lives of others.
Maybe as you read through this short list, one or two of them spoke to you. If you’re like most people in this fast-paced world, you have some room for improvement. Don’t wait until you have time to make adjustments; that time will probably never come. Be proactive today, and begin experiencing the blessings that come from being more deeply connected to God and to those you love most.
IT’S YOUR TURN!
- What helps you stay connected where it matters most?
- How do you find balance in life?