In the age of data, image, and information overload, knowing what binds us together is often problematic. Is the elephant we can life so large and complex that we only know the piece we hold? Do we see life as some before us have seen God? The question then and now remains. “I ask you, ‘has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own?’” (1 Corinthians 1.13)
There should be no doubt that we live in an age with sensory overload. Our virtual world can process more than our physical world ever could. On one hand we are only limited by our imagination. The impossible is often possible. As wonderful as the tools are that allow us to stay connected, it seems to me that some things have been lost.
Life suggests that our capacity to understand has not changed in the move from a physical world to one that occurs mostly in our minds. Without the gadgets and tools, life was less complex. The simplicity gave us the time to reflect and consider. Unless one is intentional, this seems to be missing in today’s world.
Life reminds us that more facts and figures do not always bring more understanding. Insight comes from using what you have. It is often born in times of silence and darkness.
Great ideas have little value in living unless they are coupled with action. Being able to echo the details we have gathered is interesting, however it makes little difference to the lives in our community. It is in the processing of living out our values and priorities through action that we discover what it means to be alive.
Today dawns and I find myself overwhelmed with emails, social networks, telephone calls, and text messages. If I am not careful, whatever space I have created in my soul will be filled with facts, figures, and information.
I want to begin today by letting the dawn flood my heart with the warm of possibilities and hope. I know God is present.