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Facebook Faceoff

March 26, 2009 — 1 Comment

My latest article on Boundless is up:

I couldn’t help but wonder what he was thinking as he pulled out his iPhone and took advantage of a new Facebook application — right in the middle of the sermon.

It was then that I realized the narcissistic machine that is Facebook.

Shifting uncomfortably in my chair, I found myself desiring to do the same. I shuddered. Have I really come to this place where I’m more concerned about what’s taking place on Facebook than what’s going on in this church service? More concerned about a self-serving social networking site than this Bible on my lap?

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Twice in one weekend.

Not exactly sure how that’s possible, but it happened. I honestly have no idea how it could suddenly happen twice when it has only happened once in the past two years.

What happened was simply this: I was 0.42 seconds late on seeing that the light had turned green, and was alerted 0.52 seconds after by a loud honk from the obviously enraged or slightly annoyed driver behind me. The first time I responded with like rage and dirty looks into my rear view mirror, hoping that my death-like stare might do some damage to their front fender, but to no avail.

The second time I held my tongue, although I was slightly annoyed that someone would be such a hurry as to honk their horn at an innocent kid trying to drive his car at a safe speed. To make matters worse, when I pulled through the intersection, the car that had decided to honk their horn was left in the dust of my car going 35 mph, the speed limit, and their car puttering along far behind me.

What has this world come to?

I felt sorry for the drivers of those vehicles in such a hurry to get nowhere. Maybe I deserved to be honked at, but for some reason, I felt as if it was me versus the world. I hate to blow something up that really is small, but think about it for just a moment.

Our world is flying at an incredible rate, an out-of-control rate. Everyone and anyone is in a hurry to get to somewhere, someplace, somehow, no-matter-how.

I’m not the first one to call for our world to slow down, stop honking their horns, and see the glory around them. But I’m saying it now. I want to slow down and get out of the speeding car that our world seems to mimic.

Stop And See the Glory

Just the other day I was driving towards the city as the sun was setting. The river to my right was glistening, and the sun was setting right behind the skyscrapers in front of me. I’ve seen it a hundred times, in real life, in movies, and on corny postcards and calendars. But my view of God is so small I don’t take any time to stop.

Wait.

Listen.

And worship.

Check out the words of J.I. Packer in Knowing God:

Look at Psalm 139, where the Psalmist meditates on the infinite and unlimited nature of God’s presence, and knowledge, and power, in relation to people…there are no limits to his knowledge of me. Just as I am never left alone, so I never go unnoticed. “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. you know when I sit and when I rise [all my actions and movements]; you perceive my thoughts [all that goes on in my mind] from afar… You are familiar with all my ways [all my habits, plans, aims, desires, as well as all my life to date]. Before a word is on my tongue [spoken, meditated] you know it completely, O Lord” (Ps. 139:1-4).

I love what Packer says after this: “I can hide my heart, and my past, and my future plans, from those around me, but I cannot hide anything from God.” My view of God is so small, so constricting.

My spiritual life often looks like those drivers behind me. Always in a hurry to get somewhere, somehow, someway. But do I realize the great benefits and necessity of meditation? Life may feel like a roller coaster at some points, but I must slow down. I must dig deeper.

How To Dig Deeper

Donald Whitney offers some very helpful insights into meditating on God’s Word that you can download here. Here’s just a few ways to start:

  • Repeat the verse or phrase with emphasis on a different word each time.
  • Rewrite the verse or phrase in your own words.
  • Look for applications of this text – what should you do in response to it?
  • Pray through the text.
  • Ask the Philippians 4:8 questions.
  • Discover a minimum number of insights into the text (set the number in advance).
  • Find a link or common thread between all the chapters of paragraphs you’ve read.