By Nick Sigur
I am a modern man. I text and tweet. I check my Facebook, Twitter and email several times a day. I get notifications if an “important” thing happens. I like the instant and concise nature of the communication. It’s like tapping someone on the shoulder and getting their immediate attention. There are ways to put my thoughts out to everyone who might care. It’s great.
It does have its limitations. There is a loss of nuance. Lots of our communication is based on body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. We lose all that. My dry humor is sometimes mistaken for sarcasm or just being a smarty pants. I sometimes misunderstand what others are saying and take unnecessary offense.
We also lose the blessing of presence. After forty-seven years of marriage, my wife and I can communicate and enjoy each other’s presence without saying a word. It’s good to be in the presence of those we love. We can touch. We can see that they are breathing and doing all right. We can “see” past the words. There is nothing like being with someone. Sometimes, even when I’m with someone, my attention is on my social media device.
Perhaps the biggest loss is that I think I have begun to text Jesus. I think I can communicate with Him as I can with the rest of the world. The problem is that the benefits of modern communication don’t apply to Jesus. He doesn’t need to be tapped on the shoulder to get His attention. He is perpetually available. He doesn’t need concise words in 140 characters or less. He already knows everything. What He really wants and needs is our presence. He wants to spend time with us. Like any Father, He misses the presence of His kids and not just news about them. In fact, He already knows about us.
I need to text less and visit more, especially with the ones who really count, like Jesus.
Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife out of their Broussard home for 34 years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 337-205-2353 with your questions.