Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

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

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