Insights into a Thriving Christ-centered Life - Reflections

September 27, 2018 | Didi Bacon

Apple came out last week with a new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. IOS 12 seems to work pretty well for me. One of the new features of IOS 12 is something called Screen Time. Screen Time tracks how much time in a day you spend on the phone. It reports, down to the second, the time spent on Facebook, reading the news, writing emails, etc. This feature has been eye-opening for me. It has caused me to pay attention to how much time I have my nose in my phone. It has been convicting.

Now I could not use Screen Time at all. I could choose not to pay attention. I could continue to keep my head in the sand, getting defensive with Shannon when she tells me that I am always looking at my phone. But if I want to fulfill my commitment to using my time for things that honor God, using Screen Time helps. It helps me pay attention. What you pay attention to is what is important to you.

In 1 Timothy 4:16 Paul encourages Timothy to pay attention. It is an encouragement that he wants Timothy to teach the church at Ephesus. It is an encouragement for me and you too.

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16 (NASB)

In your walk with Jesus, pay attention to your life and to how you influence others. I am continually working against things that distract, discourage and disorientate me from living for Jesus. Paul says to pay attention and persevere in the sound teaching of scripture so that you might have the sound living of godliness. When you persevere, you will have life (salvation), and you will give life to those who look to you as a mentor. Pay attention and persevere.

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