Thought for the Week
Does your mobile phone or tablet affect your to-do list?
Many of us may remember growing up in a house with just one house phone. If you wanted to talk to someone you had to keep calling until you got through.
I remember the frustration of waiting for a special phone call from someone, only to find another family member making a really long call!
Today the responsibility to communicate has shifted. Now we just need to type a message, and the responsibility now lies with the person in receipt of the message.
A typical day starts with checking to see who might have emailed, posted or texted. Then, before we begin to plan what’s most important to us, our day begins by responding to what is important to others. Before we know it we are behind on our schedule or running late.
Maybe, what’s really important goes to the bottom of that list, or disappears from it altogether.
One of my favourite Bible verses is ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ in that short verse we are reminded of what really matters, knowing God and trusting in Him, and also the encouragement to stop the frantic activity and spend some time reflecting on Him.
Can we make that time to be still? Can our priority in the mornings be spending the first five minutes with God instead of the manic catch up on overnight posts?
And will this allow us to reconsider what matters most? In that silence, switching off from the demands of many we may just be able to hear the commands of One.
Sometimes what matters most may well be replying to one of the 100 emails, but it might be something else He has planned for the day. Alison Kennedy, Flemington Hallside Church