Are you a Facebook junkie? I think I am a borderliner. I find myself looking far too often and well, sometimes I’m a bit obsessed with postings and emails. I have a page on Facebook which is used for ministry and my radio program so I love to get activity related to that page which may mean I am over there more than necessary. But as great as some of this can be…it has sure put a different twist on communication.
This is the first meaning that shows up under Mirriam-Webster’s definitions and as you see we communicate through a variety of methods. However the modern day communication seems to remove the personal touch, using only text, words and pictures, brought about through a keypad. So it tends to be void of voice and the emotion that voice can relay. I have gotten in trouble with friends through misinterpreting the wording of text because it lacks that expression if you know what I mean. This can be dangerous for relationships and misunderstandings happen because of it.
God certainly has a view on our communication with one another from a spiritual standpoint, from Ephesians 5:19:
“…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,…”
Try to txt that!
When I want time with my husband (who doesn’t use modern technology except for a flip style cell phone) I have to purpose to bring no other communication tool into the conversation or he just gets upset! I understand completely. Haven’t you seen kids all standing by one another in silence as they txt on their devises, void of expression? It is downright eery! Yet on vacation not too long ago, here we were, me, my sister and my son, all on cell phones, checking messages, txt and out of touch with each other in the very same room. Ha, my co-worker said, “I’m afraid when Jesus comes we are all going to be busy txting and miss Him.”
My plan to remain in communication has had to include a fast at various times, staying off on the weekends (for the most part) and trying to reply in ways other than txting. But it is hard. Hard maybe because so many of my friends use this form as well. And I think communication has become difficult because of it.
Someone passed this video along and I thought it might be worth listening to. After you do you might just use it to assess how you are doing on the communication scale. One thing is for sure, it will make you think, and then think twice the next time you pick up your phone to not call, but txt someone!