These days, everyone seems to be in contact constantly with friends through social media. We can tell our friends what’s going on in our lives every minute of every day. We carry cell phones – not just to be able to talk wherever or whatever we’re doing – but to text, email, and send pictures of what we’re doing! Smart phones can do just about everything to keep us informed and to inform others about us. It’s not a bad thing. We can keep in touch for business, check up on our children and get help in emergencies. But does being in contact all the time become so addicting that we lose the closeness we have with our families and the Lord?
Like so many things, it just seems to snowball. We start out by only spending a small amount of time on these things when we need to, but then it gets so big that we hardly have time for our families – let alone the Lord. We can’t wait to get our next “fix” of news from our friends. The more we have, the more we want. It generally happens so gradually that we don’t even realize it. We stay up later at night and go to it first thing upon awakening in the morning. I wonder how we ever managed without it! I’m not from the “dark ages” but where’s the balance?
Maybe it’s time to think about whether all this constant catching up with everyone and everything has taken valuable and precious time away from our families. Do we know more of what’s going on in our friend’s lives than what’s on our loved one’s hearts and minds? Do we take time to have those heart to heart talks – to love talk – with them anymore? These talks are so important to keep us close to the ones we love. Shouldn’t we especially put our spouses first – and not just on Valentine’s Day?
It makes me wonder how “smart” it is to be so involved in everyone else’s lives – if it means we’re neglecting our own. The most important question is, has it changed the contact we have with the Lord? Has it affected the time we spend in prayer? Has the Lord been “pushed aside” so that we can keep up with the latest news from our friends? I wonder if all this technology has made the Lord and our families lonely for us?
Let’s make sure we keep in contact with the Lord and our loved ones. Who are you always in contact with?