We used to get a lot of mail delivered to our house. Tons of it. I mean, we would get all kinds of credit card offers, solicitations to get new windows for our home, vacation offers. You name it we got it. I used to go through every piece of mail too, touch it at least once, and read over everything we received.
The same thing happens now with my personal email inbox. I get tons of stuff in there to look at and open. Even though I have several email in boxes (you know, I have one for junk email, one for purchasing things on the internet, and at least one that I check regularly that all my friends have), I still go through each inbox and open almost all of the emails to look at them and “make sure” that I’m not missing anything.
I could go down the list of other things that “need” checking too. Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, etc.
Well guess what.
I’m not missing anything.
And you won’t either if you don’t look at everything that comes your way.
You see, in our information society today, we all think that with all that is available, all that is around us, all that is coming our way faster than it ever has in anyone’s lifetime before, that if we don’t check everything, read everything, look at everything, we might miss something. We have smart phones, laptops, desktops, ipads, kindles, itouches – all kinds of different ways to “check” on things.
Well the reality is that if we DO check everything and read everything, we actually ARE missing something.
It’s called life.
You see a Real Christian Business Man realizes there is more to life than just “checking an in-box.” He knows that by spending time checking all of these things that numerous other things go untouched. His health may suffer (why not work out instead of check email?); His relationships may suffer (what about spending time with your family instead of checking Facebook?); All the while he is not really gaining anything else in return (did knowing about Billy’s tooth extraction that he just posted about on Facebook really add anything to your life?).
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” Prov 4:25 (NIV)
We have to be very ruthless and focused on what needs to be focused on. I am one that still has a tendency to check everything in every medium myself to make sure I haven’t missed anything, but I am starting to learn that when I DON’T look at it all, I don’t really miss anything, but actually gain something that I didn’t even realize I was missing.
Have you ever tried not checking every inbox you have to see what is out there that you might be missing?