Is it Time for You to Power Down?

Yesterday was one of those days. Too many calls, texts, and voice mails led to those two dreaded words … “Powering Down.”

Battery fried, thank you very much.

There was no charger in sight, so I spent two whole hours detached from the world.

Once I was charged and back to normal I realized I had not missed all that much. In fact only one, non-pressing, call. It turns out I am not all that important after all.

As I drove home with a powered down phone I decided to make things really scary. I turned off the radio too. Silence. Quite. Only road noise.

Yesterday’s moments of solitude reminded me of a time when there were no mobile phones … when you left the house knowing you would not talk to your family members for a few hours. Somehow, we all survived. As I look back, perhaps we were better at communication when we had less communication “devices.”

Whatever happened to sitting down with someone face to face? The idea almost sounds old fashioned. We live in a world where it is too much trouble to walk to the office next door when a tweet or text is available.

Maybe today would be a good day for YOU to power down for a few hours?

“Not possible,” you say. Actually it is. It only requires a choice to push a button.

Close the laptop, turn off the phone, lose the music, & go silent for a few hours. Chances are, you might find that you are not all that important either.

There is an old saying about Christmas being a time for Peace on Earth. If you want your world to be more calm, it’s time to power down.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What technology “device” causes you to loose sight of people?

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Josh Stitcher

7 years ago

My smartphone is the one thing that keeps me tied up and makes me loose sight of people. As a pastor, I feel I have to be available all the time and being in Student Ministry I want to be culturally relevant so the phone makes me miss out on meaningful face to face opportunities at times. Thanks for the reminder bro and Merry Christmas to the Gravitt crew!

randygravitt

7 years ago

Thanks, Josh! Same to you guys.

japonzio

7 years ago

Thanks Randy, I think too often I am way too busy in a very noisy world, 5 kids at home does that to you… It is important to power down and in “silence” find some peace. If I did that more often maybe I would hear God talking more often…

randygravitt

7 years ago

Great point, Jason. Thanks for commenting!

Luke Corden

7 years ago

Wise words Randy. I just returned form a complete power down in paris for 5 days with zero technology. Just me and my girlfriend and the authenticity of verbal communication. Now I’m back at it and raring to go for 2014. Thanks for the follow by the way.

randygravitt

7 years ago

Awesome Luke. Sounds like a great trip. Have a blessed New Year!

Luke Corden

7 years ago

you bet! this new year ushers in massive success and the resolution to quit drinking for 365 days. All the best.

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