We all know someone who seems to be attached to their cell phone. No matter where they are or what they are doing, they just can’t seem to put their phone down. These folks are easy to spot, right?
Well, one heartbreaking note a teacher received from a student proves it may not be as easy to spot this problem as we think…
A teacher was at home, and after dinner she started checking the homework done by her students. Her husband was strolling around with his smart phone, playing his favorite game ‘Candy Crush Saga’.
When reading the last note, tears rolled silently down the wife’s face.
Her husband saw this and asked, “Why are you crying dear? What happened?”
Wife: “Yesterday I gave homework to my first grade students, to write something on the topic of ‘My Wish.’”
Husband: “OK, but why are you crying?”
Wife: “Today, the last note made me cry.
Husband curiously: “What’s written in the note that makes you cry?”
‘My wish is to become a smart phone.
My parents love their smart phones very much.
They care about their smart phones so much that sometimes they forget to care about me. When my father comes home from the office tired, he has time for his smart phone, but not for me.
When my parents are doing some important work and the smart phone starts ringing, within a single ring they answer the phone. But not me…even if I am crying.
They play games on their smart phones, not with me. When they are talking to someone on their smart phones, they never listen to me, even if I am telling them something important.
So, my wish is to become a smart phone.’”
After listening to the note, the husband got emotional and asked his wife, “Who wrote this?”
Wife: “Our son.”
Nowadays, we can watch videos, play games, update statuses, upload photos, and so much more from just about anywhere — all from a phone (or similar device) that fits easily into a pocket or purse.
Having all of this access is great. Trouble is, with a virtual world at our fingertips, it becomes easy to be distracted from the real world in front of us. And oftentimes, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Or, more importantly, what we’re missing out on while we’re doing it.
Technology has its time and its place, but God wants us to spend our time loving and serving one another. While they did not have cell phones in the time the Bible was written, this story can’t help but to remind me of when Jesus visited 2 sisters — Martha and Mary. While Martha allowed distraction to come between her time with Jesus, Mary dropped everything to humbly sit at Jesus’ feet. Which will you choose?
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42