5 (More) Things Your iPhone Can’t Do

Yesterday, we tackled five things our iPhones just can’t do. If you missed that post, check it out here. Here’s a flyover.

Your iPhone can’t give you lasting comfort. Jesus can.
Your iPhone can’t give you victory over sin. Jesus can.
Your iPhone can’t make you a better you. Jesus can.
Your iPhone can’t give you purpose. Jesus can.

(Are you noticing a pattern here?)

Your iPhone can’t accept you. Jesus can.

We love our iPhones! They’re great for helping us scope out a new restaurant or check our email on the go, but they can’t meet the deepest needs of our soul. Here are five more things no iPhone can do.

1. Your iPhone can’t make you prettier.

Looking at the avalanche of beautiful people online makes me feel . . . mostly . . . ugly. I don’t have perfect skin. I can’t put my hair up in a messy bun to save my life, but I still feel the pull to emulate an unrealistic standard of beauty.

Looking at beautiful people can never make me more beautiful. Here’s a deeper truth: Physical beauty is the icing, not the cake. God has called each of us to cultivate beautiful hearts.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).

There’s not a top ten list, detox diet, or Instagram filter that can give us beautiful hearts. Only God can do that!

2. Your iPhone can’t calm your anxious thoughts.

An iPhone does wonders for that awkward silence in an elevator, but what about true anxiety? What about panic? What about your deepest fears? If you’re like me, you may find that the more you click, the worse true anxiety seems to get.

Scrolling through the news doesn’t calm my fears about terrorism. Clicking through WebMD doesn’t soothe my worry about my health. Peeking into everyone else’s lives doesn’t ease my social anxiety. So what’s a girl to do?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).

When you’re feeling anxious, stop clicking and start praying. It really is that simple.

3. Your iPhone can’t ease your loneliness.

I’ve often said that if I could label this generation of young women, I’d call you the Lonely Generation. I don’t mean that as a jab. I’ve simply sat with enough of you to know that you are surrounded by people, and yet many of you have a deep sense that no one really knows you. (I even wrote a book about it. You can check it out here).

Being constantly connected to others through our phones doesn’t translate into rich, meaningful relationships.

Being constantly connected to others through our phones doesn’t translate into rich, meaningful relationships. Sure, we have Facebook friends. We even have followers. But do we have people we can call in the middle of the night? Do we have friends who truly know us and choose to weave their lives into ours?

Do you ever find yourself surrounded by people who are staring at their screens instead of having face-to-face conversations? Are you guilty of doing the same? Our iPhones aren’t the standard for meaningful relationships. Jesus is! Let’s look to Him instead.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

Speaking of meaningful relationships . . .

4. Your iPhone can’t replace true friends.

God has given you the Church as a gift. Your Christian brothers and sisters are a needed safety net to help you navigate the Christian life. They can encourage, teach, correct, and equip you. Online friends are not a good substitute. Why not make a lunch or coffee date with a real friend today and leave the virtual friends behind?

5. Your iPhone can’t make you matter.

If a tree falls in the woods with no one to hear it, does it still make a sound?

Here’s a modern version of that age-old question.

If an event happens in your life with no one to Instagram/tweet/post it, did it still have significance?

See yourself through His lens instead of the lens of your iPhone, and you’ll see that everything you do—the big stuff and the small stuff—matters.

I’m convinced that part of the reason we feel the need to share everything from the cheeseburger we’re having for lunch to our feet up in a hammock at the end of the day is because we want someone to validate that our experiences matter. But the reality is your life matters. Not because you can share it on social media, but because it is a gift given to you by a God who can’t stop loving you. See yourself through His lens instead of the lens of your iPhone, and you’ll see that everything you do—the big stuff and the small stuff—matters.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:29–31).

A Different Kind of Top Ten List

Name a problem, and the Internet offers a top ten list to fix it. But today I’d like us to glue our eyes to a different list and ask the Lord to show us where we’ve been running to our iPhones to meet needs that only He can.

1. Our iPhones can’t give us lasting comfort. Jesus can.
2. Our iPhones can’t give us victory over sin. Jesus can.
3. Our iPhones can’t make us better. Jesus can.
4. Our iPhones can’t give us purpose. Jesus can.
5. Our iPhones can’t accept us. Jesus can.
6. Our iPhones can’t make us prettier. Jesus can.
7. Our iPhones can’t calm our anxious thoughts. Jesus can.
8. Our iPhones can’t ease our loneliness. Jesus can.
9. Our iPhones can’t replace true friends. Jesus can.
10. Our iPhones can’t make us matter. Jesus can.

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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