Friday, July 28, 2006

Staying on Track

Yesterday, amid the crashing of thunder, the howling wind, and rain that frantically tapped on our windows, there was suddenly blaring silence. A familiar sound was abruptly cut off. That sound was the subtle hum of electricity and electrically Lightningpowered devices. The lights went out, the tape player became mute, and computer screens turned black. An emergency radio told us that it wasn’t the storm, but a problem at the power station, which left over 20,000 people without lights for 3 1/2 hours.

After a few minutes of sitting with flashlights for illumination, oil lamps were lit and began casting their warm glow across the living room. Although the appliances were eerily quiet, my family and I weren’t. We talked and talked and talked, and even though the conversation under those two burning wicks wasn’t much different than normal everyday conversing, it seemed better than any under white hot tungsten.

Why? Well I think it is because that was our only focus. You see, I feel that all too often we don’t wholly focus on what we’re doing. For example, I consider myself fairly “unplugged”. When I get busy, blogging is one of the first things that I cut back on. But, I do find that I check e-mail from time to time while doing schoolwork, or even chores. I “multitask”. During normal conversation I can let my mind wander, mentally “multitasking”, instead of listening as I should.

LightningFor a person, I think most multi-tasking causes lower productivity; we just weren’t designed to think about multiple things at once. As Adrian Rogers has said, to this effect, “God made us with a one track mind, if you’re thinking about the right thing, you can’t be thinking about the wrong thing.” I want to think about the right things, I want to properly focus on what I am doing. When I’m doing schoolwork that is what I’ll do, when I’m doing chores, that is what I’ll do. I am purposing not to be distracted from what is really important, such as obeying God. Without Him as my desire, I am like the dust of the ground, trampled and beaten down, with Him, I can soar like an eagle.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
PHILIPIANS 4:8

Written by: Zachary J. of Wholesome Works

P.S. For some really good posts on the dangers of multitasking, read some of these posts on The Rebelution; Multitasking Intro, Part one, and Part two.

7 comments:

Kaitlin said...

Great post, great post!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Zac,
Fantastic post! I remember with fondness many dark nights where we were without electricity. Rather than being bad memories they are among my favorites. I still remember one particular night when the candles made our only light. My Dad played the piano, and we all sang and talked. It is nice to be able to focus – completely focus – on family.

Elizabeth

David McCrory said...

Nice post. Being unplugged can be a good thing at times. Our world is full of distractions which does tend to lead to trying to to too many things at once (i.e. multitasking)

Times of silence and reflection can really help us regain our much needed focus.

Ednella said...

Interesting post. I like it when the power goes out. It gets Ian off the computer :-)

~Nella

the traveler said...

Zachary-
Great personal example! Until our family got a generator, I hailed a power outage as a prime opportunity to get my siblings to play hide and seek.

On the same note, that's something I find attractive about camping. I can finally stop thinking so hard about so many things and relax. Camping life is simple. Wake up. Eat. Wash the dishes. Take a walk or play a game. Eat. Ect.

BrittLeigh said...

Technology sure has impaired us hasn't it? Thanks for the great post!

Celeste McGrath said...

Just found your blog...keep going, it's great. Loved this post!