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