If you take a moment to glance around the street, it doesn’t take long to notice that most people are “plugged in” to something—whether it is a podcast, music, phone call or some other distraction. With new technologies, we have the ability to pass through life with continual entertainment, but this can be damaging to our overall connection with the world. We feel “connected” to the wider world because we have access to it, but if left unchecked, our attachment to technology can cause us to become distracted from the mission we have each been given.
When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, “He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15, ESV). Each day, we should take account of how we are doing this—not only through our words but our actions. We have been planted in a specific place for a certain amount of time. When we become distracted and disengaged with the communities around us, we may miss the chance to hear what it is God wants us to do in a particular moment.
There is nothing inherently wrong with listening to a podcast or music, but it is beneficial to ask ourselves what we are attempting to gain from them. We may listen to an interview with someone who talks about changing the world but misses an opportunity to improve someone’s life right in front of us. When we are consistently “plugged in,” it is easy for these sources of entertainment to become a barrier rather than serve as a connection.
Instead of cutting out technology from your life, it might be helpful to take stock of how much of a distraction it is for you. After deciding how much time it takes up in your life (and how much time you want it to consume), consider supplementing some of those minutes by tuning into the Spirit, and asking God what He wants you to hear today.
God’s is the message we should ultimately always be seeking after. When we reach out for connection with Him, desire to hear His voice and answer His call on our lives, then any directionless feelings we have may start to dissipate. Listening to our devices can be an effective way to connect to outside ideas and challenge our thinking, but when we start to listen to these voices above God’s, we miss the chance to hear where He might be leading us.