“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 New International Version (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
In this age of technology, social media has made it easy to be in touch with each other, but while it is easier, it can become more superficial. We “like” someone’s Facebook post, we “tweet” how we feel about a particular movie or book, we post photos on Instagram… but do we really connect with anyone in a meaningful way through those avenues?
In her book “The Turquoise Table” Kristin Schell speaks of what she calls the “Ministry of Presence.” As she thought about her neighbors and her family, she wondered if she was ever fully present when spending time with them. “What were her motives for hosting…were they self-serving or were they genuinely out of care, concern and love? Was she more concerned about herself or with being an ambassador of Christ?” She realized that her life had become more about doing than about being.
I have to admit that I am more “attached” to my cell phone than I should be. I am constantly checking Facebook or playing Words with Friends or watching a baseball game on MLB tv. It takes a bit of effort to put that phone in my purse on mute when I am at lunch or dinner with a friend. But when I think about being fully present in the moment and with my companion, I realize that my focus should be on them not on my phone or on my tablet. In some of the online Bible study groups of which I am a part, there has been a lively discussion about the overuse of cell phones and iPads etc. Some women have shared how they have created a basket or a shelf where all “technology” related items are placed at dinner time. No technology allowed at the table creates opportunities for intimate conversation with fewer distractions.
The Ministry of Presence is just as it sounds… it is all about “being” and not about “doing.” It is turning off the distractions of the world in order to listen to what your guest is saying. It is showing God’s love through being fully present in the moment and as the verse for today tells us…” making the most of every opportunity.” It is a challenge for me but well worth the effort.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.