This Great Smoky Mountains ephemeral, after-the-storm panorama marked the close of another day. The scene evoked a juxtaposed, sobering/joyful contemplation of life’s unknown brevity, and breathtaking beauty. As dusk fell, the confident wisdom of a beloved preacher comforted my thoughts:
“What is your life? You are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
“This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
“I’ve read the last chapter of Revelation, and we win .”
Keep Looking Up . . . His Best is Yet to Come!
Starting the day by turning on my Smartphone subtly, dumbs, numbs and distracts me from optimally tackling the new day’s potential opportunities and challenges. For this ole prodigal, beginning my day talking with my omniscient Creator works best.
Wrapping up this morning’s one-on-One talk, rain laden clouds shrouding the mountains outside threatened nixing a wilderness wander, drawing me into contemplation . . . Time . . . How am I spending mine?
Firing up my smartphone, I Googled some recent statistics about how smartphones impact the 24 hours we’re granted every day:
- Currently, there are 294.15 million smartphone users in America (Source: Statista)
- 70% of the total digital media time in the US is spent on smartphones. (Source: Comscore)
- 86% of Americans go online daily using their smartphones. (Source: Oberlo)
- The average smartphone phone user checks it up to 63 times daily. (Source: Slick Text)
- Of the 6.31 hours average daily total internet time, Americans spend 5.4 hours of screen on their smartphones (Source: ZD Net/Small Biz Trends)
While these statistics far exceed my smartphone usage levels, I’m left feeling frustratingly stupid, realizing the inordinate portion of time my smartphone has cannily usurped. Bottom Line . . . when it comes to time management . . . I need to become smarter than my smartphone!
Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “One life . . . a little gleam of time between two eternities.”. I’m striving to better invest each day’s precious, finite “…gleam of time…” here below as the infinite, priceless, eternal time above draws ever nearer.