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Disconnect to Connect
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In this fast paced world of computers and mobile technologies it's become harder and harder to take a real vacation. Our mobile phones are constantly dinging, ringing and singing, and the temptation to keep checking them wins almost every time.

I remember when I was a kid, there were no cellphones, smartphones, or laptops. We went on camping trips, played in cool streams, visited state and national parks, and ran through spring wildflowers in the Rocky Mountains. There was nothing to distract us but clear blue sky, fresh air, and fun fellowship with family and friends. After a vacation like that I always felt renewed, invigorated and ready to take on the world again.

Now days, I see people hiking trails with heads down, reading their e-mails on their smartphones, and checking the latest news, sports scores and entertainment. While all these things are fun and interesting to partake in, I feel that there is a time and place for them, but hiking on a trail with nature and friends enjoying what God has made for us is probably not the ideal time.

Better Emotional States

Studies have shown that those who turn off theirs phones and computers and disconnect entirely while on vacation have lower blood pressure, better emotional states, and feel much better after the vacation is over. Those who stayed connected had more worry, higher blood pressure and an over all unfulfilled vacation experience.

Just as God gave us a day every week (the Sabbath) to disconnect and rest, so too should our vacations be a rest from the everyday usual. We need the down time now, more than ever before, as the world continues to become more complex and technological, we must remember to foster our health, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes we need to disconnect in order to truly connect with the world around us.

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