What's On Your iPad? And What It Says About You

Tablets are heavy.

I learned just how heavy they are this past weekend after leaving our iPad on a plane. As Christi and I came to this agonizing discovery unpacking the next day, a feeling of vulnerability resonated inside of me.

So many thoughts went racing through my mind:

“Who has it?”

“Have they seen our family pictures?”

“Did they get access to our home address?”

“What about our financial apps?”

While Christi looked around the house, I started changing passwords. It wasn’t the iPad I was concerned about, it was the feeling of being violated, knowing that perhaps some stranger was voyeuristically looking at all of our personal information.

My heart felt exposed.

Do you remember the days we would write our personal feelings and details down on a paper tablet? Perhaps even in a diary?

My wife, Christi, still keeps a journal written on a paper tablet. In fact, her life is chronicled in dozens of journals she kept through the years. On the day of our wedding, those tablets were given to me in a box, as a gift, a sign that she was giving me her entire life story—her heart exposed.

Moses experienced the same thing with his tablet. Exodus records the time Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, where God gave to him “two tablets of the testimony, tablets made of stone, written with the finger of God.”[i]

Can you imagine God giving you a handwritten testimony of a conversation He had with you on a tablet of stone? Now that's heavy. I wonder if there’s an insurance policy on something like that?  

Moses certainly needed one. Having just led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, Moses comes off of the mountain, tablets in hand, only to find the very people he sacrificed his own life to rescue worshiping an idol—their hearts turned from him and the God he served. His anger burned so hot that he slammed the tablets onto the ground shattering them into pieces.

His heart exposed.

As I think about the evolution of the tablet from stone to paper to electronic device, I can’t help but notice the weight of a tablet, no matter its form. That’s because over time more and more data is written on that tablet to expose who we really are.

Consider the evolution of your tablet—literally your heart.

The Bible refers to your heart as a tablet:

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; write them on the tablet of your heart.”[ii]

“Keep my commandments and live; write them on the tablet of your heart.”[iii]

Nobody has more control over what’s written on the tablet of your heart than you. Where do you spend your time? What do you think about most often? What entertainment are you writing on the tablet of your heart?

Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart is also.[iv]

Does the music you listen to, the movies you watch, the people you spend time with, the websites you visit, and where you spend your time make you a more loving and faithful spouse? Parent? Friend? Follower of Jesus?

Your heart is a tablet, and it too is evolving. What are you writing on it?

Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is the President and Co-Founder of the Connextion Group, a company designed to build relational connections between generations. As an advocate for parenting in the 21st century, his passion is raising the next generation to love and relate well. Josh speaks and writes on the two key ingredients necessary for building healthy families: intentional parenting and a loving marriage. He is the coauthor of God Attachment and The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers. Josh wakes up each day striving to love others better, starting with his wife Christi and their son, Landon. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuastraub or Facebook.

[i] Exodus 31:18

[ii] Proverbs 3:3

[iii] Proverbs 7:3

[iv] Matthew 6:21