The Quest to Stay Relevant

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The quest to stay relevant is daunting in this day and age… and exhausting. We are expected to be available 24/7. I recently thought to myself, I miss landlines. I know what you’re thinking – weird, right? Never thought I’d say that. But at least with a lack of cell phones and the staple landline, there was some barrier to you and the outside world. Namely, I’m home and available, I shall pick up the phone to chat or I’m not home and/or I’m busy so leave me a message and I’ll call you back when I have a chance.

Now, smart phones, data plans, wi-fi, laptops, iPads plus social media equal emotional accessibility and a need to be “on” at all times. I personally think that’s a lot to ask and super unhealthy… not to mention unrealistic. I’ve grappled with the question of: Should I be able to have all of this technology without using it? Do I just completely lack self-control? Not sure, but what I do know is that I want to create space for God to work. I want to create space for Him to do more in my life than come up with a great status. I want to create space for Him to scoop out all the parts that are seeking my will – the unimportant, excessive and ineffective parts in my heart and life… In order to do that, I’ve realized I need to listen to a lot more of Him and a lot less of me and things I let distract me.

I also want to let God refine my writing – as well as my goals and dreams and purpose. I think sometimes we just keep doing the things we’ve always done because we’re going through the motions. I don’t even really remember life without blogging. I love life with blogging, but maybe there is something else I’m supposed to be doing or maybe there are things that I could do to make it better, things that I need to learn.

So, I’m peacin out from this crazy quest to stay relevant, which seems like a swirling labyrinth – hoping to find more of Him and less of society’s experiment involving mixing emotions with a concoction of hyped up evidence that our lives mean something if we have some comments and likes, but that’s not benevolence… and that’s not what I’m in this world for – there’s more.

Jesus + nothing = everything.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” – Matthew 13:45-46

One thought on “The Quest to Stay Relevant

  1. Something I recently got for my phone is an app that reads my calendar and has set times when it just blocks out the outside world for me automatically, like when I’m driving, when I’m sleeping, or when I’m teaching. I’ve put my devotional times and my friend times and other things into my schedule, and I’ve even got a little button the home screen that I can just turn it on. It’s such a relief to know that I’m not “on” all the time anymore, and it just does it automatically for me.

    As for the main point, I couldn’t agree more. :) It’s so easy to write things that it’s easy to write something that is just from my own soul, and not God’s spirit. There are so many things wrong with the world that I just tend to sound angry all the time, and it’s so easy to write about that anger when I see it.

    Awesome as always, Katie!

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