We are living in an era where iPads, smart phones, Facebook, Twitter, television, and a variety of other social media take up a lot of our time. A glance at many young people in the street or shopping mall, at the railway station or on the bus reveals that social media takes up an inordinate amount of their time. Now I would be the first to admit that Smart phones and IPads are great. We can call or text our loved ones, look up statistics, use GPS to find our way to a destination and check the weather forecast in an instant.
However, like every other useful tool, mismanagement can become a serous problem, in effect an addiction that is harder to kick than most others. I am aware of numerous young and middle aged people who spend so much time on their devices that they don’t sleep properly at night, tend to become reclusive, can be caught up in gambling and eventually become depressed due to lack of friends and a normal lifestyle that involves face to face contact and general enjoyment of the outside world we live in. Even for those who don’t have these issues, many can be spending most of their time speaking about trivia that matters little. Parents, I would strongly encourage you to closely monitor your children and young people in regard to their devices and social media. Their safety and even sanity can be compromised.
So what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not simply just the absence of disease. Spending some time in the sun each day is necessary for Vitamin D intake, essential for healthy bones. Sport is great for many reasons. The love of parents and friends is extremely important. Everyone on planet Earth needs to know and feel that they are loved deeply. Finally, we are all loved by God, but many are not aware of it. It is comforting to know that there is a caring Creator God who planned our existence in the first place and knows every need we have. I have found prayer (simply talking to God) to be one of the most rewarding things I can do with some of my time, and the good thing is that God is available 24/7. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ give you the wisdom each day to live a healthy lifestyle and impart that to those under your care. God bless you.
Pam SammutPastorTenterfield Community ChurchThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.