“Hey, my phone!” I screamed aloud, as the new phone I just got fell to the floor; the splitting sound its crashing to the floor made, sent shiver all over my body. My close friend shook his head saying, “Gideon, my phone has never fallen to the floor.” “What!” I exclaimed, surprised. “Wait, wait Clement. How’s that possible?” Then he shared his secret.
I was handling another friend’s phone, an iPhone, which she just recently got. As I began admiring the phone, I discovered its screen was already cracked. “What!”, I exclaimed. “How come? How did it happen? So soon?” I enquired. She sorrowfully recounted how a friend had accidentally dropped it and cracked the screen.
I could go on and on with such examples of phone crashes or accidental falls and the resulting wreck to the phone. And If you would be honest with yourself, you’ve dropped your phone many times in the past. Accidentally, you would say. But what that friend of mine said to me about phone care has really helped me over the years. “Handle your phone like an egg”, he said. The import of his counsel has helped me over the years to take certain measures while using my phone.
You will not hold an egg with other objects, it could crack. So I avoided holding my phone in the same hand with anything else, not even placing it in the same pocket with my key or pen. Once I was done using it, I placed it in a safe place.
You will not place an egg on an unstable surface, it will fall. So I don’t place my phone anywhere it could drop. I don’t place it on my lap, it would accidentally fall when I try standing up. My breast pocket is not also an option. It could fall on my trying to bend over. Working with my phone while on my bed at night was also a bad option. I could fall asleep unplanned, only to find my phone on the floor on waking up. Holding it when not in use during mindless activities of walking, jumping, and so on, was risky. It could get knocked off by someone else.
This concept of an egg greatly reduced my phone falls and screen cracks to almost a zero level, but not to that of my friend. He had never had a phone fall or screen crack.
This brother, when I saw your write-up I thought you were going to write on something spiritually edifying. Now you’re talking of phone care. Na wa for you. Rhema don finish? Someone may be thinking. Well, I just discovered that knowledge is one. And a spiritual parallel could be drawn to most physical events. Let me attempt doing same here.
The phrase “Take heed” should be one phrase most readers of the KJV bible are conversant with. It could be rendered as “take care”, “watch with care”, “be careful with” and so on. It also carries the sense of handling with care; like an egg. A lot of these “take heed” scriptures abound. Let me pull out some.
“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.” Colossians four seventeen echoes. “Take heed unto yourself and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself and them that hear you.” Paul counsels Timothy in chapter four verse sixteen of the first book that bears his name.
Your phone in this parallel could be your life (spiritual and physical), your ministry or even the word of God committed to you. God would want you to handle your life and walk with him with care, like an egg.
One. You will not place your life in the company of Godless people. It will crack. Do not place your life or ministry in a company or an environment that could choke the life out of it. Come out from among them and be you separate. Evil communications corrupt good manners.
Two. You will not found your life or ministry on unstable grounds, it would crumble. The only foundation to build on that would stand the test of time is God’s word. A life that will not fail, shipwreck or crumble is one that lives by the principles and tenet of what is clearly stated in the bible. For it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one title of the law to fail. (Luke 16:17)
So, my friend was right. Treat your phone like egg, and it won’t fall. God’s word is right. Handle your life and ministry with utmost care, founding it on God’s word, and it won’t fail.