I’ve got to spend less time on this phone.

How about you? Is there anything that you have more of a love/hate relationship with than your phone? It’s the source of such joy (hilarious gifs, fun text threads, endless podcasts and music) and such dread (stressful work emails, FOMO-inducing social media posts, endless bad news).

What’s really going on in our hearts, our heads, and in our souls that keeps us glued to these things? What does it tell us about ourselves, and what do we need to do about it?

Shockingly, there aren’t any portions of the Bible that talk about how to set boundaries around technology in our lives. (“Scrolling” had a whole different meaning back then.)*

But what IS in the Bible is a lot about meaning, purpose, joy and connection. There is a lot about what truly gives life and what only SEEMS good, but is ultimately empty. There’s a lot there for us, and there couldn’t be a better time to dive in.

Our phones are a vital link to the outside world during social distancing—to a point. But they are also a nightmare source of stress, mental health issues, and relationship-destroying distractions. Putting your phone down is about more than just taking a step back, it’s about diving more deeply into who you are and what your soul needs right now.

I hope you worship with us online this Sunday at 9:30 am, fumcfw.org/live!

God bless y’all,

Rev. Lance Marshall

*That joke is so terrible. Please forgive me.


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