August 1st, 2012

If you live in Central, TX, you don’t want to miss IGNITE at The Vine Church tonight. IGNITE is a worship experiment. We’ll begin at 6:30, but you can come at 5:45 to share a meal with us.

Here’s an excerpt from my comments tonight:

In the 21st Century, you don’t have to be a doctor to be on call. We are all now on call all of the time. I’m not old enough to know for certain, but I’m told by people who should know, that a time existed when people could go home. And be at home. You could clock out. Disconnect. Leave.

Let’s call this time “P/I,” or pre-Internet. Surely, there have always been people who were on call. Those who were the first to have beepers, pagers, a red phone or a driver standing by. But that’s not been most people, not until recently.

Now we all have electronic tethers. And much of the time, I love it – e-mail, blogs, Skype, Facetime, and Facebook – the constant connection with people.  But little by little, the constant drip of ever-present connection reminds us that we are always on call. All of us. All the time.  There is always someone, somewhere who wants our attention.

Budgets, bills, leaking faucets, running toilets, sick children and even well-children constantly and lovingly wanting you to fill the bottomless-pit of playtime require us to be constantly moving. Plus, there are dishes in the sink and laundry, which unlike checking accounts, stubbornly pile up until they overflow.

Our electronic tethers and self-imposed busyness made us a sly promise. The promise is that if we keep up- if we can keep it all together, corral life, pin it down or choke it into submission- then we’d have life on a downhill pull. Somehow we’d be able to convince ourselves that we’d crossed the line into whatever it is we thought wholeness or adulthood or maturity should be.

(You have to come for more…)


Join us…And bring a friend.

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2 Responses to “How To Ignite Your Faith”

clay Harryman Says:

This is why I told my boss I want to be amish. But I write this on my BlackBerry…

Of course, I was able to disconnect during a recent vacation. Loved it!

Cynthia R Coyle Says:

That’s why I often will just NOT answer my phone (or even carry it), NOT check my emails, leave the USPS mail unopened on my desk for a week at a time (you already know what’s in it anyway, leave the television off and be (slightly) anti-social from time to time. I’ve learned when to shut-down and make quiet time. If, for nothing else, I have learned to make quiet, respite time–and enjoy it!

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