Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:4)

Surrounded by friends at a barbecue, I found myself absorbed in my smartphone, oblivious to the lively conversation around me. It occurred to me later that I had missed good fellowship, and even worse, had not given my full attention to my friends. I thought about our high-tech world. Today, technology allows us to connect to people anywhere and at any time, but it also hinders us from human interaction. It is not too surprising that loneliness has become an epidemic among the young and old alike.

In our tightly scheduled lives, it is rare to sit down and have a real conversation with someone. Life can get busy, and time is moving fast. But God created us to be relational, and we need personal interaction with other people. (Genesis 2:18) We need smiles, hugs, handshakes, and good conversation. Even a good marriage or friendship needs time, attentiveness, and laughter. We need Christian Fellowship, a time to share what Christ has done for us and to encourage and pray for one another. The benefits of technology are numerous, but it cannot replace all human interaction. Jesus is our role model for everything in life. In His earthly ministry, He went about doing good deeds and gave His time and attention to those He encountered.

Heavenly Father, help me to slow down and give people my time and attention. In this hurry-up technological world, help me to be more like Jesus. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.