My job as a physical therapist brings me into people’s homes to work with their special needs kids.
One particular kid I work with is unable to stand or walk because of the severity of his cerebral palsy. However he has a good chance of being able to walk if he works hard on the task.
A problem we are running into is that he does not want to work on walking, not even a little. Why, you ask?
Well the problem is that his babysitter is an iPad. And when I try to get him to put the thing down he cries and throws a fit.
You’d think that the previous four hours of being on the device would have been sufficient for him—not to mention the fact that after I leave, he’s got another four hours of screen time ahead. You’d think that he’d be okay with putting the thing down for the one measly little hour that I have with him.
I think the lesson from this kid is obvious.
Can we set down our devices for the little time we are in church? (Nooooo, too much sacrifice.)
Maybe we can set them down for the little time we set aside to pray, and maybe we can even try reading a little scripture rather than scrolling…
If we do that, then maybe (just maybe) we would be able to walk a little better.
Today, let’s set aside the apps that do so easily beset us and try working on our walk.
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