“Mom, he won’t scoot over! He’s touching me!”
“Mom, she’s the one. She won’t stay on her side!”
Little kids annoyed, yelling in the back seat again. Why? Because their elbows keep bumping into each other.
Have we become a society of space?
- Kids with their own bedrooms to hideaway in
- Man caves (you know what I mean)
- Fences around yards
- The internet, TV, and phones-hence spacing out
- Recliners vs. loveseats (where’s the love?)
- Arm rests we battle over for in planes and theaters
- Texting vs. calling
- Calling vs. walking to see your next door neighbor
You get the idea. How many times do we stop and think: Why do we keep a distance? Why do we feel like we’ve got to be in competition with each other? Another topic, but related. (Road rage?) While visiting Kenya, you jump into a bus and expect to be pushed up against someone in the seat. Touching arms isn’t taboo. There’s also a sense of community and concern for each other I’ve seen disappear here in the states.
Are you’re missing the feeling of being connected? The feeling of being in the same room with the one you love instead of a relationship with the phone. It feels different doesn’t it?
We don’t have to do what’s easy and fallow the world. Break the trend. Instead of calling, go visit your friends or family. Turn off your phone for an hour (and yes, the world will NOT end). Pray! It’s the ultimate answer. These things can seem small but they can make a big difference in your life. Let’s remember why we’re here. To share God’s love with others, transforming the lives around us. So quick! Surround yourself with people, turn off the phone, live in the moment, and create community that can share and grow.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…”