Spiritual Practice


Holly Cannon & Lori Scott

Since I got a smart phone, I have been getting less sleep. I tell myself I’m going to bed early, but I end up playing on my phone. I sleep with my phone right next to my head since I use it as an alarm in the morning. But it wakes me up during the night; and although I’m half asleep, I reply to texts. I’m tired during the day because I’m on my phone when I should be sound asleep.

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
Matthew 6:24a (NIV)

Technology can be addictive. If it is taking priority over sleeping and spending quiet time with God, I need to take a break from technology. I need to leave my phone elsewhere, spend time with God, and get some sleep.

—Holly Cannon, 18


Are You a Prisoner of Your Phone?

Now I lay me down to sleep—
Hold on a sec! My phone just beeped.
Its pushy tone I can’t ignore.
Despite my need to rest, I’m sure
that if I die before I wake
and miss this text—well, big mistake!
May angels guard me through the night,
but this can’t wait ‘til morning light.
Hey, it’s a photo of a cat.
I’ll text back “LOL” for that.
So now I lay me down to sleep—
Hold on a sec! My phone just beeped.

—Lori Scott

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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