Opting Out – Cassi Piper

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Opting Out – Cassi Piper

My email inbox is constantly full of messages I don’t read. Several times a day I find myself deleting scores of emails, most without even looking to see what they contain. Some are from vendors with whom I have done business in the past, hoping to lure me with some “best deal” to make another purchase.

Others are newsy, wanting to alert me to the impending doom of our world, while others implore me to sign some petition which I should then send to dozens of my friends. In the mix are also those often cheesy viral forwards that seem to cycle every few years, along with a plethora of e-newsletters, wanting to educate me on everything from the latest “super food” to the best way to clean my bathroom. Their frequency varies: Some come once a month, others once a week, many more than once a day.

As a stay at home, homeschooling mom of four, I have come to the realization that my time is precious and God calls me to use it wisely. So, several weeks ago I began a quest to eliminate the unnecessary from my inbox. Rather than spend valuable minutes deleting emails I don’t want, I rather started to “opt out” of each one as they came in. The process has been somewhat laborious, but I have already begun to see my daily mail shrink to a more manageable size.

The hardest part has been realizing that even though I now experience less frustration when I check my email, and I have noticeably more time on my hands, there is a part of me that misses receiving so much mail! Even though it was communication that wasn’t meaningful to me, there was something about looking at my phone and seeing that I had an email that got me excited. Someone, somewhere in the world wanted to connect with me, even if it was merely to guilt me into buying something I didn’t need.

As humans we crave connection. God has placed in us a deep desire to be in communion with Him, but oftentimes we try to fill that void with the things of this world. Rather than dig deeper into our relationship with our Lord and Savior, we settle for taking pride in the number of friends we have on Facebook or the people we follow on Twitter.

My challenge to us this week is that we take a moment to ponder how we are filling our need for connection. Are we striving to get it from the creation, or from the Creator? Your honest evaluation may surprise you, as it did me.  It is my prayer that as a church we will use discernment in our connections and that we will work to eliminate those that take us away from our relationship with God. For it is only in communion with our Heavenly Father that our insatiable need for connection can truly be filled.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness…”                                                                                                                                                               Colossians 2:9-10

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