The Spiritual Application of Leaving the iPhone

In case you haven’t heard – I left my iPhone & AT&T this week. I got an Android phone. It’s a shock, I know. And before all of my fellow Apple enthusiasts accuse me of infidelity, hear me out. It’s not as dark or traumatic on this side as you think it is. Of course, I’ve been humming Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” all week long as well. It’s helped.

In all semi-seriousness, it’s been a bit embarrassing some of the conversations I’ve had. “You’re going to regret leaving the iPhone.” “There’s not another phone like it on the market.” “What will you do without AT&T’s coverage?” Perhaps be able to complete a call?

As wonderful as the 3G was two years ago, it just could not keep up with the new software. Every update just seemed to make it worse. That sleek, wonderful piece of awesomeness had become a sleek, wonderful paper weight that I could periodically make calls with. It was now slow, unresponsive, bulky and….boring.

Something had to change. A bold move was needed. Who knew that a 2-hour visit to the cell phone store would be that bold move.

That’s right. 2 hours to get a new cell phones and a new plan. They can put more technology than it took to go to the moon in my hand but it still takes the same amount of time to program it.

This is the part where we all realize that we’re not just talking about phones anymore.

I’m amazed at how quickly that sleek, wonderful piece of awesomeness called our relationship with Jesus can turn into a slow, unresponsive, bulky, boring paperweight. I’m also amazed at how long we will live with settle with this instead of doing something about it… like change.

I’m not going to lie to you – change means work. It’s inconvenient. It’s awkward at best. It can take forever. There is a large learning curve. It’s risky. It means letting go of something that is knowable and predictable and comfortable – no matter how ineffective it may be. You constantly find yourself wrestling with the question – is all of this worth it?

Is all of this worth it?

The question must be answered at some point, I just think too many of us answer it too soon. I’m ashamed at how quickly I’ll answer that question without allowing the story to unfold, to develop, to deepen. I see the rough path and start looking for the first exit. If I’d only remember the other times that I pushed through, I stayed in the saddle, kept at the journey… If I could only remember how faithful God was just yesterday…

Join us this Sunday as we investigate practical steps that we can take to help make the answer to that question “yes.”


2 thoughts on “The Spiritual Application of Leaving the iPhone

  1. In November, Kitty and I made the conscious decision to drop our Iphone and Blackberry, not for different phones, but drop our data plans altogether. Going back to simple cell phones was our effort to remind ourselves that simplicity allows more time for others and for God. Everyone will have their own ways to work this out in their lives….some people join monastic communities and become silent, some, like us need a representative part of their life that they crucify….mine was my Iphone.

    I can’t tell you how hard it is to maintain while watching all the new apps come out, the IPad, etc…and just sit back with my GoPhone. But it helps remind me of Romans 12:2 “do not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world”. My “connection” with the world was defined by my Iphone and technology…now it’s not so much.

    It’s funny how quiet my drives have gotten now. I spend more time listening to teachings from other guys like Grant on my drives, more time praying, more time memorizing scripture.

    Besides, if you hang out with friends that have Iphones, you can still check your email!:)


  2. Everyone will have blind spots on their journey. Some are easier to see than others. I think what you said is key – everyone should find their own way to flesh this out. It just seldom happens without the help of community. It never is sustained without community.

    You are a good man, my friend.


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