Saturday, July 25, 2009

Just sayin'

Isaiah 55
Invitation to the Thirsty 1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

In a world of instant gratification have you noticed how we are more connected than ever...yet lonelier than ever? We have all of this surface connection stuff: facebook, twitter, blogs, email, text messages and on and on. We are so advanced in technology and so busy with it that we find ourselves running in circles, not really focused, just in an effort to feed the need for relationship.

How many families are so busy on their laptops, blackberries, i-phones, phones, TV, newspapers, magazines, and etc that we don't have time to really know one another. I truly believe that is why families are breaking down. Why a need for intimacy is not met in the confines of Gods plan and then we search for another means to get that need met. How many times have you said or heard: "Just a minute I am reading, watching, listening to this...and then I can get to you.?" Yet there always seems to be another distraction keeping you from stopping and focusing. How many times do you have the TV or radio so loud that you can't hear the still small voice of God?

I believe from experience that if we get our deepest needs met from God that we won't be endlessly searching for constant communication with the masses to feel that we are popular or important. DO NOT GET ME WRONG: I love facebook, blogger, texting, and emails. I am just saying that I think we should work more on the deep end and less on the shallow end. The shallow end meaning places where we really aren't called to accountability--the places where we let others see what we want them to see. I just need a little order and prioritizing to make sure I am not missing out on what is most precious in life. Truly by focusing on God first anything else can just be from the overflow. We need each other desperately and I thank God for the people I have built friendships with through blogging and etc...but how are we really filling ourselves with pseudo-intimacy instead of the real deal with God and others?

Maybe we need to spend some time calling on God to meet the needs that He is so ready to meet. Maybe even take a break from some of our constant distractions until, at least I, can get the right perspective. It is my prayer that we will love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. This is really from my own thoughts and what the Lord is dealing with me on.


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Jenny - This was a message that probably needed to be said. We need to definitely remember that these kinds of things like blogging, tv, cell phones, need to be done in moderation. Our first priority is out time with Him. Our wonderful Savior.

Months ago, I was praying for your Aunt Judy and haven't seen any updates. Is she doing Ok?

Pttyann said...

Hello Jenny
What a wonderful post you've shared today and how true it is,for I to find myself getting caught up in what started out about God,your post has thrown light on what I'm really doing here and I appreciate that.I'm praying for God to help us let go of the clutter,for he is of more importance to us.
Thanks for sharing Jenny

Profbaugh said...

Hey Jenny,

You're speaking my language on this one. This is exactly what God has been calling me to, especially this last month. Just came back a few weeks ago from a retreat in upstate NY. It provided an environment of such peace and no distractions, that intimacy with God was the norm. I've brought that thirst and spiritual practice back with me. Needless to say my world has been turned upside down (in a good way). My prayer is that everyone finds that satisfaction that only the Living God can provide.

Spending some sweet time with my Savior--just me and Him today!!

Much love,

Anonymous said...

Amen! This is exactly where I am. I feel like God has directed me not to write on my blog for a while. I had already began limiting my time on facebook and twitter. This past weekend, I spent an entire 3 days offline; no cell phone, computer, blogging, facebook, twitter, nothing. It was incredibly freeing actually. I really feel like what I began (blog) as a way to glorify Him, became less about Him and more about me. I believe that is why He has called me to not write for a while. Great post!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Jenny....a great post and something that has been on my mind....I always enjoy my stops at your blog.