Screen Watching on the Train

Every single person within eye-shot on my rush-hour train was on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. This made me feel as though I too should be looking at something just to blend in… and so I did.

However, I quickly ran out of stuff to do as it mostly involved scrolling aimlessly through social media sites – liking, swiping, following and unfriending (πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚Β Sorry if that was you).

It felt like copious amounts of useless dribble. So I decided to indulge my curiosities in a cheeky spot of ‘screen-watching’ to see what all the fuss was about.

It soon hit me that most people were doing the exact same thing that I was – aimlessly scrolling through their phones to pass time when they really didn’t need to use them.

  • A more serious problem..

Nomophobia” is said to be the fear of being without a mobile phone.

Mobile phones, like basically every man-made invention, have several side effects when abused including withdrawal symptoms, text neck and using them to deal with unwanted emotions (check this link for more smartphone addictions).

Essentially, our mobiles – which were created to make communication easier – have made us more reclusive, self-centred and agitated.

If you’re anything like me, you probably pat yourself down in agitation at the slightest opportunity to make sure your phone is on you.

  • So what now..?

I’m no medical expert (so please I beg do not quote me) but even I can draw links between socio-communicative breakdown and mobile phone addiction.

From a small scale domestic setting, where babies can’t settle unless they have a phone to play with, to a wider community that doesn’t interact, something needs to change.

One helpful recommendation, as suggested by Psych Guides is to download an app to limit your phone usage. This and consciously choosing to disconnect are among several other recommendations. Check the link for more info.

Ironically, I wrote all this on my phone whilst on the train. Ah well..

Love Your Neighbour – Short Poem

“To love the Lord Your God!” That was Jesus’ reply,

When answering the question they had asked him on the sly,

Onwards and onwards, they plotted and planned,

Trying to find a way, to trip him up in advance,

These men were “Pharisees”, a select group at the top,

When it came to being religious, the cream of the crop,

In every conversation, they had to know best,

So when Jesus came along, they were shaken and stressed,

His words cut through, like a dagger to the heart,

Exposing their hypocrisy, and blind religiosity,

All ‘good’ works, lost in selfish ambition,

Before a Holy God, they forgot their position,

As Jesus continued, I was part of the story,

A modern Pharisee, seeking only man’s glory,

He said, “love your Neighbour, the way you love yourself,”

But my default positions, to think of MYSELF,

My family, appearance, career, and my health,

Stacking up possessions, increasing in wealth,

Earthly cataracts, seeing only near distance,

Blinded by the lights, of my inward condition,

But then look at Jesus, so humble and pure,

A king in a manger, rich but yet poor,

With him as an example, of ultimate love,

Of putting God first, then our neighbours, then us,

A carpenter by trade, unassuming in appearance,

Who came to save the world, from its wretched condition,

What more does he deserve, than our absolute all?

Whole and complete, mind, body and soul.

Written to complement this mornings sermon from Matthew 22:34-40

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