I don’t know about you, but this month has been crazy! There has been something going on every weekend, as well as, some things thrown in during the weekdays.
Last weekend was the last crazy weekend for awhile…hopefully…
Saturday was filled with baking Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas music.
Saturday evening, I headed off with my Sunday School class to a Christmas party in downtown Nashville.
As typical millennials, almost everyone was on their phones. I reached into my purse to grab my phone, and it wasn’t there. At first, my mind was racing with “Oh, no! Where could it be!”
But I felt confident it was sitting on the seat of my car. Hoping. Praying it was in my car.
We were already on the highway, so there was obviously no turning around. There was nothing I could do but enjoy the evening without my phone.
And it was surprisingly easy!
Usually, when we feel a slight sense of boredom, awkwardness, loneliness or almost any other feeling we gravitate to our phones like a lifeline.
I was able to truly be in the moment and enjoy time with friends without ducking behind the safety of my phone screen.
Staying busy from playing corn hole (bean bag toss for us, Yankees), eating Chipotle, playing pool, White Elephant gift exchange, photo booth, almost freezing outside but enjoying the amazing view of downtown Nashville, and singing Christmas carols was enough to keep my mind off of my phone.
I’m getting ready to head home for Christmas soon. I have every intention of enjoying the time with family without a screen between us.
We don’t know how much time God has given to us or a loved one. I would hate my last memory with a loved one to be us sitting around on our phones but not actually talking to each other.
Christmas is just under a week away. Everyone is heading home to spend time with loved ones.
Most of us may be filled with Christmas cheer…why not spread that Christmas cheer to others?
Take a moment to reach out to someone that might not get to go home for Christmas.
Wherever we are this Christmas, may we intentionally be in the moment as we spend this special time with loved ones.
(By the way, if you were wondering, my phone was found on the driver seat in my car. Thankfully!)
P.S. In case, I don’t “see” you until after Christmas, I want to go ahead and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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I love Nashville! I went to college there and then lived there for a year and a half after I graduated. It’s a great place!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
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Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!