The year was 1980 and my life was about to change forever…
What kind of change had the power to make a life long lasting difference? Was it a relational change? Or perhaps a physical change? No it was none of the above…what did it for me was a technological change. It wasn’t the cordless phone or the new big box in our kitchen we called a microwave.
The fact was I had been an extremely active child during my early years…up and out of the house by 9AM and not to return till supper.
It was my grade 5 year that everything changed and it can all be attributed to one word…PONG! My big brother felt the need to buy his little brother a new gadget called a “gaming system” and that system was called ATARI! That was the start to a very long painful road….Atari led to a Commodore 64 which led to Nintendo, to Sega…then Nintendo, Play Station, back to Nintendo, and so on, and so on.
It’s now been 28 years since that fateful moment and what do I have to show for it? I wish I could come up with a long list…but all I could muster up was good hand-eye coordination and my calloused fingers from all the controls.
The effect it has had on my life has never been more evident than this week. We drove down to Fernie for a few days to get away for some needed rest and relaxation but as a family we still had the mind-set that we would be afforded all the state of the art amenities. We couldn’t have been more wrong…”what do you mean…NO high speed wireless internet!” The inner turmoil these past few days reminds me of the days I’ve fasted from coffee. I’ve been displaying a variety of withdrawal symptoms…everything from irritability to boredom.
The funny thing about this (yes, to some degree I find this FUNNY!) is that the more I withdraw from technology the more I feel connected to the things I KNOW I need to be connected to! Over the past 72 hours I’ve had more quality/quantity of time with my wife and boys than I can remember. I’ve also had the opportunity to reconnect with God in some very powerful experiences.
How are you doing these days? Are you feeling so overwhelmed and connected to the externals that you have had no time to connect internally with where you are truly at? As we enter the season of lent I want to encourage each and every one of you to consider this question and then do what you need to do to live out the response;
Question: What is the one thing in my life that is taking God’s rightful place?
For me there is an obvious answer: technology and coffee (my sinful pleasure)
Have a great week… and my family looks forward to seeing your family this Sunday afternoon at the junior high family celebration service and pot-faith luncheon!
Pastor G <><<