After WWII, automation accelerated. And by the mid-50’s we were imagining the day when ‘robots’ would make our lives much easier—and simpler. In my childish mind, I visualized robots walking around our homes, doing our work. We could never have imagined that these robots would be little computer chips automating everything from cars to toasters. But we did believe 'it' would make our lives simpler.
But the ‘digital’ age has not made life simpler. With the ability to do more, we do more—'multi-tasking.' The governing “value” of the day is speed—fast is good; slow is bad. My generation valued immediate gratification more than any preceding one. Now a ‘new’ generation—the ‘Millennials’—is addicted to speed.
Time is yet to tell how this new ‘value’ of speed will affect the spiritual principles of endurance, patience, longsuffering. God never serves ‘fast food.’ Serious students of the Bible know it takes much time to read and study, pray and meditate until the Word can be digested. Many have become accustomed to the 'fast food' of Internet ‘devotionals’ (one-minute meditations; word for the day) that enter through our web portals every morning. Consumption takes only minutes. Then we rush out the door at break-neck speed, with barely another thought about the 'word' or 'thought' of the day.
I hope my “Dying to Live” devotional postings have not become anyone’s “instant” devotions. My purpose is to give you something to think on; and however brief, to chew on throughout the day. Start chewing!