I was driving home yesterday and I saw a man walking down the street with headphones on and it got me to thinking about how I see a lot of people going through life with headphones on and I wondered how this affects their relationships, including their relationship with God.
I usually hear from God during the quiet spaces in my day and I wondered if I would have the same relationship with Him if I spent my day with headphones on.
I asked my daughter about this concept and she let me know that it is during times of listening to Christian music that she hears from God the best, so within that conversation I realized that music doesn’t always keep people from relationship with God. I do however wonder if as a society we have become excessive in how much were are “plugged in” to our music as we walk through our lives.
It also has me wondering if the playlists of our lives hinder us in our relationships with people?
I have noticed through watching my children and their friends that a large number of young people today move through life listening to their playlist to avoid contact and relationship with family and their peers. My own children have shared that sometimes it is easier than dealing with some of the kids at school, if they think you can’t hear them they are more likely to not approach you. It is as if earphones have become a way to protect ourselves from the parts of the world around us that we don’t want to deal with.
It seems as though devices have gotten in the way of real relationship.
Greg and I have been out numerous times where we have seen couples on a date but they are both on their phones instead of engaging with each other. I know I have personally made my husband upset by being on my phone while he wanted my attention. I spend time on my phone that I could be relating to my husband and God, and relationship with God is what keeps my relationship with my husband healthy. I am going to think twice about the time I spend on playlists and screens in the future, no amount of technology is a fair exchange for relationship with my husband and God.
What do you think about devices and how they mold how we relate to God and those around us?