“Cell phones cause brain damage.” That statement pops up in the news every so often. Depending upon your definition of “brain damage”, this may or may not be true. I’ve overheard many a mindless conversation, if that counts. I’ve even commented on a few and I’ve been told to mind my own business – it’s a private conversation. To which I’ve responded; “I was and since I can hear you, it isn’t!”.
Texting takes the “brain damage” aspect to a new level. Supposedly texting is progress. Brain damage! But, also proof against evolution. Sending and receiving voice over phone lines was progress over the now antiquated telegram. Texting is regression to that obsolete form of communication. The only thing missing is Morse code. In it’s place is a form of syntax, which is rendering our society virtually illiterate. I’m not concerned with anyone reading this and being offended – those affected are sadly awaiting the video version of this message.
I could go on with what would most probably be considered a rant. But, I would much rather ask you to consider a different adverse effect of cell phone use. That adverse affect is “heart damage”.
How much time is spent talking and texting the mundane, in lieu of a real conversation? People used to really talk. When letter writing was necessary, it was an art! Most importantly, both were from “the heart”. The word “love” was not a silly rendering of a heart. “I heart you!” certainly doesn’t convey the same emotions as; “I love you with all my heart”. Abbreviated conveyance of feelings may have well contributed to the abbreviated relationships of today’s society.
A common theme in “chick flicks” consists of a person waiting by the phone. Anxiously anticipating hearing from their love interest, you hear; “Why don’t they call?”. Sometimes the wait is in vain and their love unrequited. Women in the audience weep and men pretend they have something in their eye. Why? Because we can all identify with a broken heart.
I believe that the most severe heart damage is that which we do to God. Over and over He attempts to speak to His loved ones. Too often He receives a busy signal, or is put on hold. That has to break His heart! We are His ultimate in creation. He made us in His image. He loves us and wants a relationship with us. Prayer is conversation between God and man. It isn’t some mystical mantra. There is no need to fold your hands, bow your head, sit cross legged on a mountain top, close your eyes, or speak in king’s English. God wants to converse – not just listen to us – but have us listen to Him as well. When we don’t respond to His call, it hurts and if you read your Bible you will see that time after time, God cries out; “Why?”.
Question: Is God on your speed dial? If so, when do you hit it? Is it only when you are in deep trouble, with no human way out? If so, how would you like to be on the receiving end? God wants to hear from us, as He walks with us. That’s right! He walks with us – Jesus promised; “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”. So, if you want to consider prayer “a call”, it is most certainly local. There is no need for call waiting and in those times when we wander away from Him, there are no roaming charges.
Think about it; when you walk with someone, isn’t the conversation more in depth, more personal, more from the heart than it is with a phone call? God doesn’t want a mundane conversation. Sure you can call Him when you unexpectedly see a squirrel in your bird feeder. That’s not mundane. It’s appreciation for His creation. Calling just to hear His voice and be reminded of His love is not mundane. Mundane is using the LORD’s Name in vain. It’s the equivalent of telling Him that He wasn’t important enough to consult before. But, now you expect Him to bail you out. Feeling like you’re being “used” is no one’s favorite call. In spite of the hurt, God still answers, even those calls. Sometimes, the answer is no. This isn’t out of bitterness, or resentment. When “no” comes from God, it is said with love, for our benefit. Not easy to accept? Talk to Him about it – I do.
“But, talking to God is like talking to the invisible man. I can’t see who I’m talking to and I feel silly!” I’ve been told this by more than one person struggling with prayer. Yet, they have no qualms about punching in a series of numbers in the belief that they will be connected with a person, who is out of sight and miles away! “I can’t talk to God out loud. Someone might hear me and think I’m … crazy!”. Uh, huh. Yet, daily I witness bluetooth users walking about looking like a Star Wars reject, while talking apparently to thin air.
Another plus is that when you stay in touch with God, there is no need to silence your phone! He can talk directly to you and you to Him – anytime – anywhere. No one else needs to hear or know. But, should you slip and answer Him out loud and someone overhears, so what! Tell them you’re having a talk with God and ask them if they want to join in. When it comes to God, party lines are a joyful noise, for He promises that “where two or more are gathered in My Name, there I will be also.”.
“Heart damage” is easily preventable. Talking with God daily can mend the most broken of hearts. Unlike cell phones, this is something you can’t live without! Recharging takes place while you talk! And you can forget keeping track of minutes. God wants to talk with us for all of Eternity! “Sounds great. But, what’s the cost?” That’s the best part! It’s all free! Jesus paid the price. Now, give Him a quick call – right now – and say “Thanks!”.