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Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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Since the first smart phone came on the scene a few years ago, many of us have suffered from a serious, life altering condition.

We can’t put the phone down.

I can’t begin to recount the number of times I’ve had students over to my house for mentoring, a meal, or just for fun, and have had to compete with their glowing devices.

I’ve been guilty of giving into the metallic and glowing siren’s call.

It’s easy to get caught up in the apps and games and constant checking of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Vine, and the like. They call our names, tug at our minds, and we obey.

But our constant checking of these wondrous mobile devices are hurting us.

Big time.

I’ve been disconnecting more and more from my devices, not giving them the control over my life they once had. If you’ve tried contacting me in the past few weeks, you know what I’m talking about.

Texts have gone unanswered.
Emails are stacking up.
Voicemails are yet to be listened to.
I’m sure there are plenty of notifications on my social media platforms I don’t even want to wade through.

And I’m okay with it.

It feels good to put the phone (and tablet) down and look up.
To disconnect from the world wide web.
To leave social media alone.

And just be.

It’s given me time for so much more – and helped me to connect to others on a deeper level.

The technology that promises to connect us, often leaves us disconnected from what truly matters. Tweet this

I encourage you to take a step towards connection.

Put the phone down.
Close the laptop screen.
Turn off the TV.
Shut notifications off on your phone.

And look up.

You never know, you might just find it’s better being slightly disconnected from it all.

Last week, I stumbled upon a video that drove all this home for me. I thought you might like to see it.

How can you start disconnecting from your devices and start connecting for real? Leave a comment below.

Background photo credit: Stephan Geyer via photopin cc

Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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  • Jeffrey Scott
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    Jeffrey Scott Jeffrey Scott

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    Love the comparison to a sirens call. How can such a cold, plastic device captivate and entrap us? I agree, it’s good to put the phone (or other device) down.


    • Jason Vana
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      Jason Vana Jason Vana

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      It’s amazing to me how quickly these devices became indispensable. I remember just 5 years ago, I still had a Motorola Razr flip phone that only made calls and sent texts. I often forgot it at home. Now, I can’t imagine leaving home without my phone. Crazy.


  • Loren Pinilis
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    Loren Pinilis Loren Pinilis

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    It seems to me that a lot of it boils down to two things: 1) feeling that we’re so important that we can’t be away from our phones for a few hours or 2) wanting to look like we’re so important that we can’t be away from our phones for a few hours.
    I think humility has a lot to do with it.


    • Jason Vana
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      OUCH! I know there have been times I’ve been on my phone for one of those reasons. Not an easy truth to admit to.