Monday, April 4, 2011

Failure to communicate

So is she coming over to spend the night?
I don't know, I haven't heard from her yet.
Did you call her?
I text her but I haven't heard back.
But did you call her?
Mom, she doesn't usually answer her phone but she answers texts. I'll hear from her...

If you have a teenager you've probably had this conversation. Text and IM has replaced all other forms of communication. Almost to a fault...

When I was a teenager my family had one phone line and my siblings and I would fight over it. I thought we were a big deal when we got call waiting, but soon learned it was only to preserve my parents' sanity.

I loved chatting away on the phone with my friends. My parents wouldn't put a chair near the phone so we wouldn't get too comfortable. But the floor was fine with me. I'd lay there for what seemed like hours as my friends and I talked about boys, school, other friends...everything!

But now, phone conversations are condensed into a language nibbles. They're not even bite size! Hearing your friend laugh has become LOL and we use :) to show we're happy.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate texting. Sometimes you just need to exchange some quick info without having a 20 minute phone conversation. It's a great tool, just not a great way to communicate.

Ever find yourself talking to God that way? 'Checking in' with bite size prayers or taking a nibble from His Word? I do. I then fool myself into thinking I've talked with Him that day when all I've done is send Him a quick text.

God wants and deserves so much more. As we're reminding our children to communicate with each other face to face, we have to communicate with God the same way. It's true, we won't see God's face until we go home to glory, but we can be in His presence just the same. He wants us to talk with Him. He wants to hear our laughter, see our tears and calm our spirit. He wants face time with us, nothing less will do.

This new generation will have to re-learn how to communicate with each other to maintain healthy relationships. Maybe we should start with how we communicate with God...

Be blessed,

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29: 12-14a


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