I am always looking for new ideas for my kitchen. Whether it is a new recipe or a new appliance, I just love using new gadgets and learning how to use new things. I find all the new “smart” appliances intriguing. We used to joke that with slow cookers you could just set it and forget it. Now you have appliances where you use an app on your phone while you are at work to turn it on and/or change the cooking functions.
When I was younger, my dad would say, “now there is someone with ‘smarts’”. Of course as a child I had no idea what he was talking about. As I grew older, I began to realize what he meant. It’s interesting now, we used to have smart people and now we have smart appliances.
The reality is that I am in love with smart products and I find myself using them more and more. The one thing I have found is that I am now expecting to change things with just a push of a button. This has become the standard that I am seeing with everyone. As we shop in stores we become frustrated so we go online and push a button. I find myself getting annoyed waiting in line so I go to the self checkout. Yes, faster. I push the buttons and make things happen.
As of late I have taken notice to how isolating that has become. As much as I enjoy pushing buttons and not having to wait in line, I have found that I am missing out on opportunities that God could be sending my way.
Our family is the type that as we stand in line at Walmart, random people will talk to us about anything. We could almost tell you their bank account number by the time we get done talking with them.
All in all, the “smart” things in life are not the problem. It’s us who forget to put them down and use the smarts that God has given us. We need to pick up the Bible and read his word. Gain the wisdom that is needed to share with others, to minister to them. Yes, this means we can’t just push a button and make things happen. It means that we need to invest in one on one conversation and share part of our lives.
Take the challenge today to put the device down and reach out to someone. Use your wisdom and the things the Lord has taught you to invest in one life today.
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother