From the time I was a child, I have seen many changes in how we live, from the time of rotary dial phones, and pay phones. To the luxury of cell phone and now smart phones. From spending our days at the roller rink or riding our bikes everywhere, to calling uber to take us where we need to go.
Have we become so bankrupt in our lives that we seem to only see the world through the vast expanse of the virtual internet? Have we become so dependent in technology that living our lives in real time no longer exists?
When I was young, we would go to the store to buy food and items that we needed, and now people shop online and have these things delivered to them. We would go to the library and read books or walk around the bookstore just because we loved the way that new books smelled. With our current reading materials people today do not know the awesomeness of the musty smell of books.
Have our lives become so shallow that we cannot put down our cell phones long enough to watch children grow up? Or to spend family time together. Have we become too dependent of buying our food already cooked? And not understand the importance of sitting at table with each other. Or do we find it and inconvenience to go to church services in favor of watching them online?
I believe that if we can put the technology away, even for a few hours a day we can reclaim all that we are missing in our lives. We can remember a time when being together as a family was more important than texting endlessly. If we can take the time to go to the stores, and interact with people we meet, our lives could become richer by socializing with others. If we can understand that, as humans, we need social interaction with one another, we can become stronger in our relationships. Both at home and in public, that we can see one another as individuals, rather than just an image on a computer screen.
I am not making a statement that the internet is a bad thing, in fact quite the opposite. The internet does have it’s usefulness, however, maybe if we can step away from the virtual world for a little time each day. We can find ourselves not missing out on experiences that will enrich our lives, rather than coming to the end of our lives never having lived them.
It is obvious that I have been on my computer today, and on social media in order to post this, however, My suggestion to you today, put down your phone, step away from the computer or video games and step outside and see the wonders of our world, the joys of interacting with others and our families, that we may see all that God has given us that our lives will be better.
Pastor Lisa Chachula