My kids today communicate with me by texting – usually short sentences comprising of the subject and verb – “gym, back for dinner”, or emoticon (❤️💕👍😉😛). In fact on my side of the family we only text via WeChat or WhatsApp.
My husband refuses to adapt to this instant media, and insists they call him by the telephone. Any text messages they send are ignored.
At dinner time I insist on no devices at the table, and make a concerted effort to open dialogue and communication.
I’m not perfect, and I know for a fact my side of the family is infamous for sitting at a restaurant with our devices – scrolling through Instagram, texting, or browsing online. I know I’m guilty of this!
This month, I’ve made an effort every Thursday afternoon to go out for coffee and lunch with the girls (teachers) at work – no devices!
This means sharing tidbits of our daily and personal lives as we laugh, giggle, cry and support one another. As Jordan Peterson discusses in 12 Rules of Life, to be a good supportive friend.
Consciously making the effort weekly to spend time with friends also had me thinking coffee time with God. When was the last time I sat down with a coffee and meditated upon his words, and listen to Him? I was explaining this to a friend, and she in turn told me she talks to God often during the day. Yes, I recall answering, but how often do we take the time to actually sit down and have coffee with our Lord?
Yes, I’ve talked to him here and there during my hectic day, and like quick text messages I send them off. Taking the time to really chat with him over coffee, during a meal, and appreciating his presence is another story.
Since I always start my day with a Starbucks coffee, I decided to have consciously organize my daily schedule so that I have 30 mins in the morning. Bible apps makes it handy to spend a little time with God as I tuck myself into a cosy corner and meditate on His word – a verse or passage, as well as a prayer.
In our fast telecommunications world of instant texting, it’s easy to forget to communicate:)
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, though whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.