Friday, October 1, 2010

Something to Chew On

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!


  1. Greg,

    As a former sprinter in high school I can easily relate to your picture of people grabbing a "byte" of something as they are racing out the door at the beginning of their busy day at "break-neck speed." There is just enough nourishment in their partial meals to make them distractingly hungry within a short time. But the substitutes that are resorted to for satisfying those hunger pains basically innoculate them from adequate nutrition and become habit-forming to boot.

    It is not hard to draw a parallel with our spiritual health. Your insight and warning is appreciated!

    There is no substitute for focused study of the Scriptures and purposeful time invested in prayer and the Presence of God. But it is not without its challenges. Yet the greatest promises are to the overcomers:)!


  2. I wonder how long it took John to "eat the book"? (Rev. 10:9)