How many times have you been in a group of people and nearly everyone is sitting there staring at their phones?

I am so guilty of this.

Sometimes it's just easier to stare at a phone and "heart" the next Instagram post you scroll through. Especially in situations that have somehow become awkward like sitting in a silent room full of people (at the doctor's office or something similar), where we then all of a sudden pretend to be super busy with an email, text message or surfing the web.

The technology addiction is so real.

My last year of college I had the opportunity to go on a service/tourist trip to Chile for two weeks. Oh my goodness, you guys this was the most incredible experience. I was stretched outside of my comfort zone, met some amazing people, had the opportunity to help rebuild a part of a Chilean community, danced a few nights away and explored this beautiful country with a full heart. One of my favorite parts of this trip was the three days we spent on top of a mountain. I'm talking no phone service, no access to service and truly connecting with those around you.

The stars shone brighter.
We were not distracted.
We spent 99% of the days outside.
We even swung on a manmade rope swing into a nearby river. SO COOL.
The term "live in the moment" was achieved.

The connections made here were so real. Why? Because we didn't have our faces stuck on a phone all day long.

It was refreshing and revitalizing in the best way possible.

Don't get me wrong, our phones and technology in general serve such a special purpose in a lot of our daily lives. We have the opportunity to use technology in a positive way. I have made some amazing connections with people through social media and blogging. But when it comes to real life and when you find yourself sitting across from someone in person, be respectful and put the phone down.

I challenge you, next time you're in a group of people, put your phones in the middle of the table or turn them off completely to avoid distractions. It is only a small bit of time you will be "unplugged" and more time to get to the core of fellowship amongst your group.

Proverbs 16:8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Join me in setting a day or part of the day tech free. This will open up a new way of productivity as well.

The reality is, we are not promised tomorrow. How does this change your outlook on how you spend your moments here on earth?

Good luck and you will be incredibly amazed at how much more you will enjoy just simply being in the moment.

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