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Type Casting

At this very moment I have 199 unread emails in my inbox.  Most of them are of little importance that I can quickly scan and delete (notifications of the latest sales and deals at stores and restaurants I have frequented, daily or weekly newsletters and devotionals from ministries and ministers I respect, and the occasional opportunity from a Nigerian prince), but there are a few which have subject lines that are ambiguous and, therefore, warrant a closer look (just in case they are important or urgent).  Because of the internet, I am now able to interact with nearly anyone who may have an inquiry or request for intercession.  What I wonderful time to be alive.

Now I have 205.

Electronic communication is a marvelous resource for this generation:  you can interact with missionaries who serve halfway across the globe, engage in prayer with innumerable people despite differences in location and schedule, or encourage untold (and sometimes unknown) saints and strangers with an apt and timely word.   While I still prefer a phone conversation over an email or text regarding substantive matters, many times a few digital characters are sufficient to efficiently address the details of life.  Plans, which for previous generations took days or weeks to finalize, can now be ironed out in moments.   What a wonderful time to be in community.

207.

While I take the time to espouse the merits of digital dialogue, I am also aware of its dangers.  In this electronic age, we have the ability to say almost anything to nearly everyone: however, immediacy can hinder introspection and sometimes some people type faster than they think, causing everything from misunderstanding (in the best scenarios) to misogyny (in the worst).  In this electronic age, we have the ability to happily exist in a state of complacency: we can be tempted to read daily devotionals and peruse personal emails or posts as a substitute for real life interactions.  In this electronic age, we have the ability to surround ourselves with others who share our opinions and beliefs: our electronic presence can place us in an ‘echo chamber’ of our own thoughts.  Still, what a wonderful time to be engaged.

212.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  Ephesians 4:29

Email, blogs, social media – all marvelous tools to help us engage with the culture around us (and to the farthest corners of the world).  But, like any tool, electronic communications must be used skillfully and wisely.  And, like any tool, electronic communication must not be used exclusively.  We must challenge one another to speak (with our voices and our keystrokes) with words that uplift.  We must stretch ourselves to reach out to others with actual interactions and not simply react to life.  We must lead with love.  What a wonderful time to be a child of God.

At this point I now have 219 emails to deal with…and a whole host of people to talk with face-to-face.

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200 Pieces of Ministry

Surprisingly, I was notified by WordPress after posting last week’s blog entry that it was my 200th.  That means that during the period of nearly 4 years I have composed a little over 100,000 words into my ‘musings about ministry in the hub of Massachusetts”.  Many more people than I would ever have imagined have been a blessing to me by reading my writings about the faith, the family and the frivolous.   I appreciate all your comments and ‘likes’ that the posts have produced and am overwhelmed by all those who have chosen to follow the blog.  Thank you for reading.  I love writing these posts each week.blog

When I first started all this, a respected individual advised me to glorify God in all I contribute to social media.  I have tried to honor and keep that advice, avoiding personal attacks and political hot potatoes.  I have compared the faith to a buffet table, a balloon caught in a tree, a vison test and piles of snow.  I have spoken about moving and parenting; I have shared about birthdays and holidays; I have written about biblical figures and human crises.  Through it all, I hope and pray that you, the readers, have been encouraged by God’s grace, comforted in God’s sovereignty, equipped through God’s guidance and uplifted with God’s promises.

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.    2 Corinthians 4:5-6

God has continually provided fodder for my flights of fancy and, if this week is any indication, He will continue to supply things to muse about for some time to come.  Just this week, I went to the doctor for the first time in eight years (and left the examination room with four referrals), we found out that our rental unit has been sold (and we will be moving at some point in the next 124 days), and God blessed the church with an unsolicited gift (and funded this summer’s vacation Bible school).   All these things, and so much more, are cause to glorify God.

Whether you are reading because you are part of my family, part of the community of faith or part of our society that enjoys an occasional glimpse of the supernatural in the midst of the mundane, I hope you’ll continue reading.  My children joke that I have the spiritual gift of connecting any object with the Bible (not a real gift, kids), so perhaps I will be writing about board games or potato chips in the near future.  All I know is there is a great deal of darkness in the world and we need one another to turn on a light or two.  That is what I’ve tried to do.

I will continue to write my thoughts and ‘publish’ them here every Friday morning at 9AM for as long as there are still people willing to read them.  I pray that they will remain an encouragement to you and an exaltation of the Lord.