Now that so many people are in lockdown, life is going online. We have online church every Sunday. My daughter is offering online art classes, my granddaughter is doing online ballet lessons, tonight I am trying out my first online conference call when we meet up with our fellowship group.
This is a photo of our grandchildren doing an online PE lesson, designed by their uncle who is a PE teacher in an international school.
Some things just don’t work online. Like meeting a friend for coffee. Sure I can make my own coffee and she can make her own coffee and we can both sit in front of our laptop or cell phone screens, but it just doesn’t quite do it for me. I can’t give a friend a hug although there are online versions of that too. Our fellowship group used to have supper together before our teaching session and it’s been of the highlights of my week. A video conference doesn’t come close!
One thing that really lends itself well to this situation, however, is communication and social media. I suffer from media overload. Every WhatsApp group I belong to has been prolific in sharing things, to the extent that I’m getting to the stage that when I see an unsolicited video of more then three minutes, I delete it. Just before bed time last night, I received horrific videos of people being abused by soldiers. Not the best content to fill my mind.
We all want to cheer each other up or inspire each other or maybe even inform one another but let’s limit what we allow into our minds. Garbage in, garbage out, the computer people used to say in my day. Let’s be selective and heed Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. (NIV)