I checked my email folder for Jeff’s travel information. I pasted his Southwest flight number online at FlightAware. His plane had arrived in Nashville.
I called his cell. No answer. I didn’t leave a voicemail because I know he doesn’t listen to those.
I sent him a text. But got no reply.
When we send our messages into the world, they’re not always received.
And yet we’ve never had so many options for communicating.
- Do you prefer calling or texting?
- GroupMe or Messenger?
- Blog comment or tweet reply?
- Snapchat or Instagram?
- Facebook post or FaceTime?
- Email or snail mail?
Or, ummm, actually talk face to face in person?
With more choices comes more responsibility. Like it or not, we have to think twice now.
When we choose the wrong medium, even with the best of intentions and careful wording, our message can be garbled. Misunderstood. Confusing.
To communicate appropriately, we have to match our message with the medium. I snapchat with my daughters, but I send emoji-less emails to colleagues. I include lots of OMGs and !!!! to Jeff, but try to keep emotions out of my tweets (most of the time, anyway).
God Shows Up Where?
God can and does show up in any and all of those mediums, plus more.
He reminds us to be wise. To be loving. To be conveyors of truth and grace and respect when we communicate, whichever platform we’re on.
I waited for 30 minutes for a response from Jeff. My phone still didn’t ring or buzz or vibrate. So I started the process again. This time he answered on the second ring. Whew. He just hadn’t noticed my first call or text.
So there’s that. Even with our best efforts, we can’t guarantee our message will be received if we don’t hear a voice or see a face.
Some things may have changed a lot.
But other things always remain the same.
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) Do you prefer receiving a phone call or a text?
(2) Have you met online friends in person?
(3) What medium does God use to reach you most often?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) I almost always prefer text for short exchanges. But sometimes you need to hear the voice.
(2) Yes, I even went to Guatemala on a mission trip with online friends.
(3) I see God through other people in real-life conversations but I also hear him through blog posts and emails and any of the other avenues that we all talk to each other.
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