Pastor John’s Blog – August 2018
The trouble with modern technology is that it really isn’t the great time saving invention that it’s made out to be. Take social media, if you’re on it how much time do you spend posting, keeping up, etc.
It’s the same with the internet in general, it’s great for finding out stuff, but one thing leads to another, and after a couple of hours your mind is full of facts and information that you didn’t really need to know or don’t have any real use for!
Emails they’re great for a quick response to someone, you can email a person in the middle of the night while they’re sleeping someone said to me (what are they doing up at their keyboard at that time!). The problem is that the more we use email, the more we have to respond to emails. It used to be if you sent a letter you have a weeks break before you received a reply.
Modern communication is too fast, it doesn’t really leave time to reflect and think deeply about what we are saying ( you could say that about this blog perhaps!), and we spend so much time communicating with people, rather than being with people.
Time, like the grains of sand in a hour glass doesn’t stay still, no matter what technology we use it doesn’t save time, time moves on. It seems like one day we wake up and we are celebrating our eighteenth birthday, and in no time at all time moves on and we are wakening up on the morning of our fiftieth birthday. We plan to spend more time with family, friends and work colleagues, but the days and years pass and we still don’t feel that we have enough time to spend!
Take this summer, it’s coming to an end – the August Bank Holiday is almost here, the children are almost back at school- where did it go?
We need to slow down and smell the roses, to take time looking at creation, listening to our family talking, etc. We need to slow down and really get to know people, to learn to be still and be at peace.
‘Be still and know that I am God’, is good advice that was written centuries ago. The writer of the psalms wrote this verse as part of a psalm that pictured huge upheavals in the world, with people rushing around. Yet his advice was ‘Be Still’ and get to know God.
Can I suggest that we do the same, take time to get to know God – this God who is never too busy to get to know us! A good way could be coming along to an Alpha course (see our calendar). If you feel that God is surplus to your requirements, for your own sake and the sake of those around you, be still and get to know them.
God bless you in these closing days of summer.