Friday, June 14, 2013

Bad Side Effects

As I sit here with my bible open, trying to get fed in this Word, already getting physically fed.  (side bar, eating breakfast in Chick-fil-a), I watch, I see, I observe. I watch families or whatever the family is supposed to be. I see a young boy with his dad sitting at a table attempting to eat. Well, while dad is drinking coffee he stares into his phone; the son is playing Game Boy or wait is it Nintendo DS. I'm not the most high tech person, so don't quote me here. :)  Two members of one family only engaging in the newest high tech gadgets. Not realizing time is passing them by. Opportunities for relationships are passing them by. Whatever happened to talking at the breakfast table? What ever happened to eat first, play later. I see the same child who trades in his kids meal toy for an ice cream cone. Only a few tastes of the cone and he leaves it, lying on the table. Too engaged in his game to care. That uneaten ice cream cone stares at me as I think of so many little children I know, who would love the opportunity this little boy has. An opportunity to be taken out for breakfast. An opportunity to spend "quality time" with his dad. An opportunity not only to eat a good meal, but to order something extra, some dessert. Wow. The average American Family wastes about two tons of food each year. And they seem to spend even more on it. So today I challenge you, and I challenge myself too. Eat a meal without your cell phone, I-pad, I-pod or no other electronic device. Put it on silent, leave it in the car, your purse, wherever. It's so ironic, because I say that looking down at my own Blackberry Torch, which is sitting right next to my Diet Lemonade and my bible, and I'm checking the time to get along with my day. Wow, what a challenge this will be.

As I'm wrapping up my bible reading and this entry, I see the same dad, asking his son, (yeah I said asking) "Do you mind putting your game away?" The boy tells him "No, I'm still playing." An argument sand I know the dad I know is  totally embarrassed, by the expression on his face, so they walk out the door, and guess who wins this argument? Technology. Yep. You Got it. So theses are just some of the Bad Side Effects of Technology.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In This Season....

In this season, things are moving fast for me. Started a new book. Bought a new Laptop. Opened my own non-profit. Driving a brand new car. (that's not mine). Registered for my Social Work test.  Signed up for membership @ a gym, and actually excited to be going. Changed my diet and even some of my snacking....... New Stuff, I tell you. God is opening up new doors and windows of opportunity for me. He's closing doors for the things of old and opening doors for things to come. BUT.....there's that big BUT that always seems to jump right on in there.  I'm still in a funny kinda place though. Not here or there, just somewhere in between. Somewhere in the middle. Wherever that some place is. I'm in a place where I'm like "Okay God with all of this happening, I don't want to miss you. I don't want to be going to fast or driving in my own lane sorta speak, and not see you. I don't want to be in a place where I'm too busy for you God. Too busy with me, to come to you. Too busy with ministry to pray. Too busy with life to fellowship with you and talk with you, like I did in those times when I wasn't busy. So, God right here, right now I take a public oath all across the World Wide Web (www) and I dedicate myself back to you, back to your presence, back to your word, back to your teaching, and even back to that time of fasting. Use me Lord for your glory and your honor. I am ready!" This really is a new season for me. What type of season is this in your life? What are you doing to embrace it?

Just thought I would put a New Pic of Me to go with the New Season of My Life.....