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June 2, 2014, 1:19 PM

Connecting - Then & Now

Yesterday (Sunday, June 1) I wasn't preaching and decided to attend a church I had not been to in a while.  I was sitting behind a young lady, I'm guessing teenager.  When the sermon began she pulled out her smartphone and I waited with hopes to see what she would do with it.  And, Yes, she logged into the churches site and pulled up both the scripture for the sermon and the notes posted online.  I wanted to cheer for her, but thought that might be a bit out of line.

I love the possibility of this technology and that churches are using it to help people connect and stay focused.  Personally I'm a page turning kind of guy, and prefer to carry my Bible to church.  Of course some of that is because I don't know how to connect with my smartphone to those opportunities.

So I was glad to see this young lady following along with the Pastor.  She was connecting in the "now" just as I was connecting I guess with the "then" of connectivity. (I don't know if that means anything but it sounded good)

And then it happened.  She quickly went from following along on the smartphone, to clearing the screen and taking out her stylus (yes, it was one of those kind of phones) she began to go through different styles of writing her name, changing the color of it, adding hearts and flowers above it, changing the style, erasing and starting over.  Well, then I wondered just how connected was she?

Something else came to mind as I was on my way home.  Just because I was sitting there with my Bible open in my lap, how connected was I?

Whether we choose the "then" or "now" format of connecting, how connected are we?

I mean, if you prefer the paper version of the Bible, but the only time it is picked up and opened is when you are at church, you are no more connected than the person who pulls it up online and then quickly switches to playing with the art app or Candy Crush or Angry Birds or whatever.

I became distracted by what she was doing in her distraction.  But if it wasn't her writing her name in various colors, there could have been another distraction.

Connecting.

It's the word of the day right now, and the possibilities are seemingly endless.  But are we really connecting or are we merely brousing?

There is a big difference.

The first entry in Webster's Dictionary for "connect" is - to join.

I believe that is the goal regarding the Word of God.  To join in on what God is saying to us in His Word.  It is after all "Living and active" according to Hebrews 4:12 (Thank you Brother Billy Crosby for buring that one into my life).

And so when we connect, join in God's Word, whether reading at home, on the job or during the sermon - the goal is to be to hear from God, to connect with Him.

Seeing it by dialing it up, or turning to it on the printed page, the important thing is to connect.

Personally, I know I still need to work at that, cut down on the distractions and get connected.  I encourage you to do the same.

 

 


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