I have to admit it. I am an information junkie. Yesterday, I was listening to a great broadcast on the day of the Titanic. Today, I went to church. The sermon was filled with you guessed it, more information. I am also a twitter and google+ junkie. More and more information.
As I listen, watch and intake information, there are a couple of things that I do with it. First, I want to learn how the author presented the materials? What are the key values that I might discern from the presentation? Do I share these values? Should I adopt them? How can I learn from this person?
It is true that the urgent can get in the way of the most important. What am I paying attention to that keeps me from knowing Jesus more? Throughout scripture and human history, we have stories of people forsaking the best for the immediate.
Today we gone from a tv generation to a microwave generation to internet in my pocket generation. We can go anywhere in the world through a tiny screen. Any bit of news or information can be found on that tiny screen.
This information overload can distract us from the most important person. Jesus. During our lives, we are looking for encouragement and comfort. We often look to the latest book, tv episode or news article. Being distracted is easier than facing the pain, bewilderment or anxiety we feel.
As I have been listening to an online audio sermon from Unlocking the Bible by Colin Smith, he is making the point that life brings famine and feast. More importantly God is found in famine in feast. ”Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
Are there things in my life that are taking me from the Jesus who has promised to love me and give me mercy? Am I filling my life with distraction so I can hide from the “real” part of my that has questions and desires answers, solutions and hope.
God has so much for us and yet we let other things take our time and our attention from the One that loves us so much that He died on a cross and rose again. In this day of the immediate, let us say to Him, “Come, Lord Jesus.” I need you.
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I enjoy the party after the party. There is something wonderful and magical about
enjoying time with friends after a party or big project. Reminiscing about triumph, tragedy and comedy during high stress time is good for the soul.
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I try to work this principle into my work and personal life. At work, I try to get projects done early in the morning so I have more time to “linger” with staff in the afternoon. There is something abou the freedom to stay a few extra moments to ask or answer that next question.
For me, quality time has always come in the midst of quantity time. I see this with my wife. She and I love to travel a couple of hours to go to a bigger city to shop and eat at different restaurants. Part of the attraction is spending that extra time “lingering” in the car.
All of this lingering does take time. That is the trade off. Staying up a little longer to talk with a child or review the day with a spouse. ”I should go to sleep.” “I am going to regret this tomorrow.” There is a price to pay for lingering.
No matter the cost. Lingering is worth it. Who doesn’t like the party after the party (especially if you don’t have to clean up. Don’t be scared to try it. Friendship can be that much more enjoyable if you stick around little longer than you should. You just might love it.