There is Hope In the Wilderness

There is Hope In the Wilderness

Sometimes You Have To “Disconnect to Reconnect!”

I remember sometime last summer, my then 13 old daughter Jordynn got her cell phone taken away.  You see, I made all three of my kids sign cell phone contracts that provided guidelines to what they could and could not do with their phones.  Jordynn started becoming very consumed in some of the apps that she downloaded and she was beginning to spend so much time on her phone.  So much, that when her school interim came, I saw some of her grades slipping.  Maybe every parents story right? Well, I don’t play around with education and being consumed in things that will take you away from it.  Needless to say, her phone was taken.  I had it in my head that I would only take it for a full 24 hours.  So basically, interims were sent home on Friday and my plan was to take the phone and give it back to her on the following Saturday evening.  We discussed that instead of being on her phone, she would use that time to reflect on what’s important, and bond with her family.  I remember we actually watched movies and played board games for the remainder of the evening Friday, and on Saturday, we hung out during the day.  When Saturday evening rolled around, I proceeded to give Jordynn back her phone, but not without lecture of course.  She looked at me and said “no, you can keep it longer.” I looked at her puzzled because honestly what teenager would not want their phone back after it has been gone for 24 hours.  I gestured to give it to her again and she said “no, I don’t want it back yet because sometimes you have to disconnect to reconnect.”  I thought to myself, “wow, how profound!” She proceeded to say “I need to disconnect for a while from my phone and connect with my family.”  I was so proud of the level of maturity she displayed in that statement.  It truly blessed me to see that in just 24 short hours, she was able to see that she was spending too much time on her phone, and she needed to enjoy time with family because everything else she was consuming herself in on her phone was a distraction.               

As I prepared this blog and remembered the statement that my youngest daughter made, it reminded me of how important it is for us to disconnect ourselves from those things that pull us away from what’s important.  My family always makes it a point to take an annual 7-10 day vacation each year.  We are a family of five and vacations allow us to disconnect from the day to day hustle and bustle of work, school and sports activities, and reconnect with one another just to see how we are all doing. We act silly, watch movies, play games and just spend an immense amount of time with each other.  We reflect on our many blessings and how good God is. We discuss our goals and dreams and we make memories. Most importantly, we build strong bonds that no one can break.

What do you need to disconnect from, in order to reconnect to? I would love to hear your feedback and comments.

Wright Family 2019 Florida Vacation – “Disconnect to Reconnect”.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

4 thoughts on “Sometimes You Have To “Disconnect to Reconnect!””

  1. Wow! So profound and very well written! Thank you for sharing! Sometimes I find myself having to disconnect from social media. I feel I need to unplug and recuperate and get back to reality. I can get so consumed into social media it becomes my reality but when I take a break from social media, I am able to reconnect to my reality, recharge and regain my focus and my peace.

  2. I need to disconnect from the hustle of everyday life. I find myself more at ease when I am away with my family. I joke with my family that there is a vacation dad and an overworked dad.

  3. Excellent nuggets! Making a decision to disconnect is a powerful statement with regards to how we steward our time. We should praise God for times of self-reflection as demonstrated by your baby girl. I don’t feel I always have to be connected “online” but I’m connected to my phone because of the nature of my work. I have purposed to continue setting boundaries in certain areas so I can reconnect with things I love doing realizing that some things can wait until tomorrow if I’m blessed to remain here. If I’m not, someone else will be tasked with it. LOL

  4. This definitely has me thinking. I know as a family we’re not engaged enough in each others lives and feel we’re missing out on the moments and purpose of every day life. I can get caught up in giving too much time to social media and when I notice, because it can be draining, I disconnect from it for a few days. My goal right now is to create a plan to get my family to spend time together and be open to letting each other in. I think even starting with a weekend away would be a great start to something new and much needed. The big question, how to get everyone on one accord? #butGod

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