Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Moms on iPhones



I saw this post on FB and I was soooo convicted. My husband just bought me an iPhone. I have caught myself several times doing stuff on it and ignoring my children. It is so easy to check my calendar, check FB, check email, review my bank account, text a friend, read the Bible or play a game. I want everything I do to honor God.
So, I give my iPhone to You, Lord. May it be used as a tool for your purposes and help it to never distract me from the most important ministry that you have given me. My beloved family...
I don't know who wrote this but you have to read it. I have posted this because I want to practice what I preach and I know this will hold me accountable.
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Dear Mom On the iPhone,

I see you over there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners, have them do their chores.

But Momma, let me tell you what you don’t see right now…..
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Your little girl is spinning round and round, making her dress twirl. She is such a little beauty queen already, the sun shining behind her long hair. She keeps glancing your way to see if you are watching her.

You aren’t.

Your little boy keeps shouting, “Mom, MOM watch this!” I see you acknowledge him, barely glancing his way.

He sees that too. His shoulders slump, but only for a moment, as he finds the next cool thing to do.

Now you are pushing your baby in the swing. She loves it! Cooing and smiling with every push. You don’t see her though, do you? Your head is bent, your eyes on your phone as you absently push her swing.

Talk to her. Tell her about the clouds, Mommy. The Creator who made them. Tickle her tummy when she comes near you and enjoy that baby belly laugh that leaves far too quickly.

Put your eyes back on your prize…Your kids.

Show them that they are the priority. Wherever you are, be ALL there. I am not saying it’s not ok to check in on your phone, but it’s a time-sucker: User Beware!

Play time at the park will be over before you know it.

The childhood of your children will be gone before you know it.

They won’t always want to come to the park with you, Mommy. They won’t always spin and twirl to make their new dress swish, they won’t always call out, “WATCH ME!”

There will come a point when they stop trying, stop calling your name, stop bothering to interrupt your phone time.

Because they know…

You’ve shown them, all these moments, that the phone is more important than they are. They see you looking at it at while waiting to pick up brother from school, during playtime, at the dinner table, at bedtime…..

I know that’s not true, Mommy.

I know your heart says differently.

But your kids can’t hear your words, Mommy. Your actions are screaming way too loudly.

May our eyes rest upon those we love, first and foremost, and may everything else fall away in the wonderful, noisy, sticky-fingered glory of it all.

8 comments:

Rachel and Family said...

Ooooo.... now we can face time and text :)) Paul just got the iphone 5 and he won't text me (because he hasn't learned yet LOL!) We're both "phone phobia" I loathe my phone, but it's necessary. It's always ringing and dinging. The other day it started playing random music in chapel and I'm looking at everyone "WHO is that?" and it was ME!
I force myself to play with the kids at the park, run around just as much as them, simply because it burns calories and I need all the help I can get. You do not, Miss lean and mean ;)
xoxoxo

Amy said...

I saw this too. I never had an iphone or smartphone or anything like that. We hate our phone and only have it for emergencies.

But this can count for checking your email on the computer too!!!

God Bless and have a wonderful day.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm so glad you are aware of the pitfalls. I don't have an I-phone, but I find myself doing just with my regular texting phone. So glad you posted this!

Ellie Rae said...

I'm glad the internet wasn't invented or iphones either until my children were almost grown. I'm sure I would have neglected them. Each year that goes by brings more temptations with it.

Jenn said...

So convicting! I don't have an iphone, but I do tend to sit at the computer WAY TOO MUCH.

RaD said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Becky said...

O the pitfalls of all the technology. I have a tablet and it can be time consuming as well. I like to sit on the recliner and read my emails or read my free Bible download...but I know it's time to put it away at times....a new toy, we love them. We need to use them wisely, and love our family around us. We didn't have internet til kids were older and now the grown kids and I have cell phones, Phil doesn't want one. Thanks for sharing the poem. Good points! Have a great day! You are looking good, Stacie.

terriburgess said...

I have saw this post many times on FB & I felt guilty the first time I read it but then I read another one a few days ago & I was like I can relate. This is it! http://friedokra4me.blogspot.com/2013/03/dear-mom-on-iphone-i-get-it.html

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