We have all seen it. Those times that you are watching someone drive down the road, but they are not just driving, they are swerving everywhere! Why? Because they are also busy sending a text message.
We have watched as a couple (maybe even ourselves along with our spouse) are sitting in a quiet room, but saying nothing to each other as one has their laptop, and the other has their iPad.
We have watched as two people are sending text messages back and forth… While sitting mere feet from each other.
I recently had a teen share with me that she had sent more than FIVE THOUSAND text messages, within the span of 3 weeks! Curious, I checked my own. In the same span of time, I used 500 messages.
Then, finally, the most ridiculous site I have ever seen; I was at the zoo in Tulsa, Ok. I stood watching the elephants, they were feeding, and drinking. It was amazing to see them so close! Then I saw it, one of the workers was standing not 5 feet in front of the largest elephant, and you guessed it, texting. In my mind I was screaming, “Are you kidding me?!? You are standing face to face with one of the largest creatures on this earth, and you have your cell phone out sending a message!?”
I am not opposed to cell phones, I have one. I am not opposed to texting, I do it. I merely want to take a step back and ask the question; “How am I spending my time?”
Ephesians 5:16- “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Colossians 4:5- “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”
On two separate occasions the apostle Paul had this message for the first century church, “Make the best use of your time” I must come clean. I am afraid that many times I am guilty of not making the “best use” of my time.
If you find it easier to text your spouse than talk to them face to face, it may be time to re-evaluate your time management as it relates to technology.
If you find yourself playing more “angry birds” than doing activities with others, re-evaluate.
If you find that you are sending 5,000 text messages every couple of weeks, re-evaluate.
If you find yourself texting a couple of feet in front of an elephant, RE-EVALUATE!
I have often wondered, (about myself, not just other people) why is it easier to text than talk? Why am I more comfortable, being absorbed into a tv screen, than conversation with an individual? Why… Is it so much easier to talk about sports than to talk about Jesus?
I believe Jesus has an answer for us.
Luke 6:45- “… Out of the a abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”
When I find myself not talking about Jesus, maybe, just maybe, I have not let Jesus in my heart.
When it is easier for me to engulf myself with all of my gadgets, than for me to study the Word, maybe, just maybe, I have a heart problem.
How is your heart? Heed Paul’s advice in 2 Thess 2:17- “..establish your hearts”