We live in a world that is driven by technology. Technology in itself can be a very positive thing. We have information, scriptures and assistance at our finger tips in a way the world has never had.
The issue is….. for all that technology can do for us…… it can never give us presence.
If you’ve ever had someone you care about far away you can understand this.
Sure you can Skype them, Facetime them, you can call them on the phone or send them an email. While there is some level of satisfaction in that communication (You take what you can get).
Make no mistake it isn’t equivalent to having them in front of you!
My question today…… is how often does technology give an eerily similar disconnect when we have someone God has placed right in front of us?
Next time you are at a restaurant having lunch take a look around. (This will require you putting your own phone down). Notice how many parents are on their phones as their kids look blankly around. Notice how many couples might as well be eating alone as they both have their faces buried in their phones.
What if…… we put our phones down and engaged with our kids? Parents are amazed at how quickly toddlers pickup technology. They brag that their kid’s can use their phones better than they can. The problem is that while our children are learning how to use technology….they are also learning to hide behind their devices. They are learning by our example that their text messages, phone calls and Facebook statuses are more important than them and take priority over their needs.
What if…… next time you are having a conversation with an actual person you don’t answer that phone call? You show that at that moment their conversation is more important than anyone else. It would immediately make them feel valued and significant simply by letting that call go to voicemail.
What if…… instead of holding your finger up to them while you send that meaningless text message that could easily wait you simply listened? You gave them your attention. It would be a tangible example to them that they are heard!
Christ asked Peter to leave his fishing boats and follow Him. Maybe just maybe Christ is calling you to leave your phone behind and instead of making you a fisher of contacts He is calling you to be a fisher of actual relationships with His presence with the people He has placed in your life.