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Wish You Were Here!
Texting had me at fast.
It’s quicker than a phone call, gets better responses than voice mails, and contain less than one fifth the spam of email.
It boosted the economy creating over 50 billion in revenue for carriers.
Kids have instant access to family, friends and help if needed. Elementary kids who text are better spellers than those who don’t. Ok, their thumbs hurt but who knew?
Fifty-one percent of women now prefer getting a text to a card on special occasions Go figure!
It’s stealth. I can have a conversation with a dozen people about you while I’m sitting right next to you, and never say a word. Scary.
It’s far reaching. British surgeon David Knott preformed life-saving surgery on a teenage boy in the Congo by following the text message instructions of one of his colleagues.
Fun facts? Maybe. But texting is not all roses I’m well aware of the distractions and dangers. A two-word text can divide a mind for days. People can walk six blocks in a major city and never look up. Push notifications interrupt real personal conversations. And people who’ve lost touch with the value of life pass you at 70 – while texting.
I’m not against texting. I’m not. Texting’s here to stay (for a while at least) so milk it for all it’s worth. But while you’re doing so remember, no data plan is big enough to cover this lie.
THE LIE: “A text is all they need.”
The best lies are half truths. Without the word “all” this would probably holds true ninety-five percent of the time. Percentage isn’t the issue. What a text can’t do is. A text can’t visit.
“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”(2 John 12) (3 John 13)
The apostle John had a lot to say. Even after an entire gospel and three short epistles, he still had in his words, “much more to write” to those he loved. But in lieu of more words he shared one big hope. He wanted to visit. He wanted to talk to his loved ones face to face.
If you’re in a place where you can’t visit, by all means, text away, include some pics, attach a video, and thank God for the technology.
But if you’re in a place where you can visit, (stop, drop by, look in on, sit a spell, just be with), consider what that would do for that relationship. The purpose is right there in the verse.
As nice as it is to get a note, it’s a whole lot nicer to get the person who wrote it.
GAME CHANGING QUESTIONS
If you couldn’t text another person, who would you want to see? What would you tell them?
Who right now would be blown away if you turned off your phone and walked into their home?
What are you waiting for?