Possibly it’s simply me, however because the creation of the smartphone in 2007, life has grow to be moreover tough. By tough, I imply extra frenetic. By tough, I imply extra hurried, extra encumbered, and fewer rhythmic. Now, the one time I’m not linked is once I’m browsing.
On the market, floating within the ocean, there may be freedom — freedom from the fixed bombardment of knowledge and want, of accountability and expectations. On the market within the ocean, I’m free for a small period of time to imagine the posture of ease and retreat from the leash of my iPhone. On the market, I extra readily recline into the arms of God.
The work of a pastor has all the time been, roughly, 24-7. Earlier than the smartphone, nonetheless, there appeared to be a gentler cadence to my day, a cadence that invited onerous work and repose. A cadence that was not interrupted by a tool that signaled: “No relaxation! Return that decision, e mail and textual content! Reply this second or individuals will assume you’re slacking off!”
After I experience my bike to the seashore carrying my surfboard, the cellphone stays residence.
Paddling out, a big blue sky overhead, saltwater surrounding me, I’m free to glide on the surf. To play. To really feel the exhilaration of dropping right into a wave, sliding down the face, my hand within the wall of water — with out a cellphone.
This column is just not a rant. I’m not complaining about my vocation or my day-to-day ministry. I stay in love with my work. I’m grateful for it. I’m grateful for my superb church. I do know, although, past a shadow of a doubt, that I’m not the one one who feels captive to his or her cellphone.
Certain, smartphones have added some blessings to our lives. In some respects, my work has grow to be extra environment friendly. However effectivity shouldn’t be the only real measuring stick for work, or for all times. Effectivity has its place, however effectivity with out boundaries turns into slavery.
As I speak with of us in my church and folks in our group, I’m aware of how little time individuals have to easily be, to maintain their deepest religious wants. The COVID-19 pandemic is exhibiting us that slowing down is wholesome and essential. A slower tempo is essential to dwelling a deeper and extra centered existence.
And so, I am going to the ocean. On the market, within the ocean, I’m attuned to God’s voice, which whispers, “Care for your self. Find time for your bliss. Don’t permit your life to grow to be so fractured that you simply neglect easy methods to dwell.”
And so, I am going to the ocean, the water washing over me and the solar in my face, the wind a companion together with the dolphins and gulls.
Might you discover your bliss and will you decelerate to get pleasure from it. Might you study to measure your life not solely when it comes to productiveness, however in a method that respects your deepest religious wants.
Hunter Camp is the pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church (USA) in St. Augustine. Go to his weblog at lifeandsurfing.blogspot.com. Electronic mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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