BY NOW, IT IS A COMMONLY-ACCEPTED FACT THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME PLAYING WITH 'SCREENS' such as iPads and iPhones, for it has serious effects on more than one level of their development. (Of course, the same could be said for us all.)

However, Evan Osnos, a write for New Yorker, discovered another hazard that can occur when you allow a three-year-old unfettered access to one of these devices.

You see, after so many unsuccessful attempts to enter the passcode, the system locks you out and makes you wait an ever-increasing amount of time before you can make another attempt to unlock your device.

When Mr. Osnos got his iPad back from his child, he found the message you see in the image at the beginning of this article. For those of you who may not be able to calculate on the fly how much time 25,536,442 minutes is in other measurements, here's a breakdown:

25,536,442 Minutes

17,733.64 Days

2,533.38 Weeks

583.02 Months

48.59 Years

The curious side of me would be tempted to hold on to it for that whole time, just to see what would happen at that time, given how much technology changes.

Reflecting upon this story makes me think about our own walk with Christ, and, especially given the Lenten season, ask what unintended consequences will I be subject to due to my not paying close enough attention to certain things.

After all, who could have imagined that leaving your toddler alone with an iPad would result it in being locked for 49 years?

Let us always be vigilant in our faithfulness to Christ, and minimize unexpected consequences that may come our way because we simply failed to be attentive to God's grace, peace, mercy, and love.

Grace and Peace,