Modern Conveniences

I can’t control myself.  You know who’s fault it is?  Netflix.  Apple.  Oh!  And especially Al Gore’s for inventing the internet.  We can download a movie before it’s even made.  The latest phone has only been out 4 hours and we are already wondering what the next model will do.  Maybe the next model will turn into a helicopter.  Or have an app that will convince my boys to brush their teeth.  Or will shoot lasers at my husband (so I don’t have to give him a dirty look) when he doesn’t do what I want him to do when I want him to do it.

I’m impulsive.  Self-control is not an easy fruit for me to bear.  Why does it take 3 minutes at McDonalds?  Isn’t this supposed to be fast food?  Why does it take 60 seconds to heat a cup of coffee?  Why do I have to wait my turn at a 4-way stop?  I blame it all on the internet.  Al Gore has single-handedly changed our generation with the world wide web and that documentary from a few years ago (FYI:  That was a tongue-in-cheek statement).

Think about how much has changed in the last few decades.  We have it made!  You would think with all of the modern conveniences that we would have more time with family, more time to relax, more time to spend with God.  Instead, we try to complete one more task – or ten.  Chop, chop.  Fast, faster.  No time.  Rush, rush.  We complain about laundry through our facebook status while the dryer gently tumbles our clothes.  We complain about unloading the dishwasher for the second time today while chatting on the phone with a friend across the country.  Praise God for cell phones because I certainly would not have time to send a hand-written letter!


How did our parents and grand-parents do it?  Have you ever thought about popcorn?  Now that is technology.  It is a miracle that a little kernel explodes in your microwave and transforms into a delicious treat within about 3 minutes.

“In my day, if I wanted popcorn I planted the seeds, grew the crop, shucked the husks, boiled the oil and popped it myself. I needed 9 months notice to pop my corn and it tasted better for the wait.”  - Don Mills

I wrote an article a few months back about our Demanding Little Trolls.  The immediate gratification mindset has really taken root in our society and it is brainwashing all of us!  Things are easier, faster, more convenient than ever… but we have fewer families sitting down at the table together.  It’s a bit of a disconnect.

We feel the need to be constantly entertained and constantly stimulated.  A century ago, immediate gratification never came. Scheduling a time slot for God between the first and second windows at the drive-through just isn’t enough.  If we have prayer time while waiting for a movie to load on our phone, there is a problem.  Next time you have a quiet moment, instead of mindlessly watching the Desperate Housewives of Miami, clear your mind and have a chat with Dear Ole Dad (A.K.A. God).  The static that buzzes around our daily activities serves as a distraction from God.  If you aren’t hearing from God, if you are searching for God and can’t seem to find him, or if you have never encountered God, consider this – make time for him, first.

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3 Responses to “Modern Conveniences”

  1. Sharon | January 27, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Awesome post. I couldn’t stop reading it because I couldn’t wait to see what you were going to say next – you’re nuts but definitely have a way with words and communicating your point! Entertaining. Convicting. Convincing. And True. Thanks :)

  2. Ashley | January 27, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks…I didn’t know there was a Desperate Housewives of Miami now ;)

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