On email, image and work that matters.

Some of us know the feeling of checking our email and our other technologies all the time. We just sit and click. We fear disconnection.

There are several possible reasons, I think.

  • We are exhausted and can’t think of anything else to do.

This one I understand. Please go take a nap. The others are more challenging.

  • We know what we need to do and we don’t want to do it.
  • We take our value from other people. We are afraid that we might miss some affirmation or comments. So we keep checking for whether anyone wrote to us.
  • We take our value from other people. We are afraid that something will blow up and, after all, it is all our fault.
  • We don’t want to take time for silence, for reflection. We are terrified to be by ourselves.
  • We love novelty.

It would be easy to be defensive when reading this list. Or to be unnecessarily critical (including self-critical). While I was reflecting on this list, however, I was also reading a letter Paul wrote to a group of Jesus-followers from all parts of life, including both servants and masters. When Paul writes to the servants, he tells them to do what their bosses tell them to do, and then says

and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

For me, this is an invitation to not construct facades but to work on the foundation. Which takes silence. And time.

8 thoughts on “On email, image and work that matters.

  1. Rich Dixon

    Whatever itis, it’s likely fear. And the media culture has created and fueled a new fear: FOMS (Fear Of Missing Something). We’re told we HAVE to be informed, but it’s a lie.

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  2. joseph ruiz

    Jon, I agree with your assessment – it does take silence; however, for me, I would add one more – connecting to others who listen, reflect and shine a light into the fog. Thank you Jon for doing this for saying this for willing sharing this is a convicting word for me I do work at being informed (perhaps too much) I needed to hear this – I need to do this at least the silent part.
    Grace and peace

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  3. Frank Reed

    I wonder what part of your post triggered AdSense to give me a vodka ad?!

    Aside from the little nicety of the modern age I agree about reflecting. I am seeing that time to be used for confession and to see what true repentance would look like. Not exactly light thinking but something I have found to be missing and thus leaving huge gaps in my life and my walk with Christ.

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    1. Jon Swanson

      Got nothing about the vodka. But I like the idea of using the time to reflect on confession. Which I’m guessing is one of the reason we (I) don’t stop.

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