DAILY HABIT 4

SCRIPTURE BEFORE PHONE

The Habit at a Glance:

Refusing to check the phone until after reading a passage of Scripture is a way of replacing the question "What do I need to do today?” with a better one, “Who am I and who am I becoming?”  We have no stable identity outside of Jesus. Daily immersion in the Scriptures resists the anxiety of emails, the anger of news, and the envy of social media. Instead it forms us daily in our true identity as children of the King, dearly loved.

WE BECOME WHAT OR WHO WE REFLECT, WHICH IS TO SAY WE BECOME WHAT WE PAY ATTENTION TO.

An Excerpt From The Common Rule: 

I often turn to work and career in the search for my identity. I

hope that by achieving success I will finally become someone who is approved of. This means—as an identity reflector—I have to look at other people’s faces, and my identity is tacked to whether they look happy with me and my work or not.

 

The habit of checking work emails first thing every morning

encouraged this misguided search for identity because it started my day with the questions: What do I need to do to make someone else happy with me? How can I justify my existence in the world today?

After the morning when I read emails through my son’s cries, I began to realize that something much more existential was happening in my morning routine, and I began to wonder if I should change it.

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