Losing my cell phone is one of the best things that happened to me this year.
Let me rewind.
I have always had a terrible track record with cell phones. My apartment is where cell phones go to die, and I have a bag that has become a mass grave for so many international cell phones, old flip phones, and a cracked iPhone that intermittently turns on and off. I even once accidentally flushed one of my cell phones down the toilet!
Still, I persisted in having a cell phone. While everyone else got upgrades, I clung to a clunker that was perpetually on silent. Men who dared date me were irritated that I never picked up the phone. My family and friends just got used to it.
This time around, however, my phone was well and truly lost. And I didn’t rush out to get a new one.
Without my cell phone, I felt like my thoughts were my own again. I didn’t feel compelled to share every little funny thing that happened with someone else. Instead, I save them all for tea, or for a long email to one of my friends.
I felt calm.
As it turns out, being attached to a device made me frantic. I always checked my cell phone for the time, texts, and voicemails. And every time I looked at that screen, it took me out of the present moment.
Now, friends actually drop by my apartment for tea or dinner. I go out more often to socialize, and I’ve met or talked to lots more new people.
And! My relationship with the Lord has gotten so much deeper. I listen and talk to Him more than I have in a long time.
I’m SO MUCH HAPPIER.
I prayed about it. Was I going to be a terrible daughter, sister and friend if I never got a cell phone? Would this hurt my testimony in any way?
I don’t think it will. So I’m not getting another cell phone. I might keep a pay-as-you-go cell in the car for emergencies, and install a house phone, but I refuse to buy into the idea that, for me to connect with others, I need to have a cell phone with me constantly.
It takes courage to live the life that God wants for you, especially when it doesn’t look like everyone else’s life. Whether it’s ditching social media, getting rid of a cell phone, or doing something else unexpected (like going from a bacon-a-tarian to a vegan), do whatever you have to do that will please God and also make you happy.
Have the courage to live your best life.