2011: for such a [wired] time as this

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

This week we’re talking about balance in a wired world—finding it, keeping it, and what God’s word says about it. We’ll dive into time management, the emotional side of social networks, and setting personal and family ground rules.
But before the how to, we wanted to stop and consider the divine time to which we’ve been born. We hope this brief photo tour will spark your perspective and challenge you to #LiveSticky as a Christ follower in a wired world.

Before there was texting, there was tapping . . . and tapping. In 1837 the telegraph dramatically changed global communication more than any other innovation since. Pictured here: William Ramsay, a chemist relays research via telegraph. Photo: The Commons, Smithsonian Institute.

In 1876 the telephone changed the face of news, government, commerce, and daily life. Pictured: Genevieve Clark. Photo: The Commons, Library of Congress.

Was there actually life before wireless? Pictured here, women (approx. 1938-1945) navigate hundreds of phone numbers connected to wires at a Bell System Telephone switchboard. Photo: The Commons, U.S. National Archives.

No, you couldn’t hop online and track your package in 1900. Then, a uniformed city letter carrier in a horse-drawn gig ensured daily communication and commerce kept flowing. Photo: The Commons, Smithsonian Institution.

In 1910 before Photoshop and the Internet, press shops produced publications by hand with individual wooden block letters and ink. Page layouts were pasted up by hand. Photo: The Commons, Library of Congress.

In 1913 before wireless global newsrooms were the Linotype presses that traveled the country reporting news on press train cars. Photo: The Commons, Library of Congress.

Before the flatscreen, HD, 3D, and Hulu came along, black and white television (that followed radio) transformed global communications, daily life, and the spread of the gospel in 1941. Photo: The Commons, Nationaal Archief.

Ouch! Can you imagine editing a book, news story, a business presentation, or even and brief note without the benefit of the cut, paste, and delete buttons? Pictured: William P. Gottlieb, photographer and newspaper columnist in the 1940s. Photo: The Commons, Library of Congress.

While the first commercial computers came on the scene in the 1950s, you might remember (and grin) at the first Mac pictured here introduced in 1983. Photo: The Commons, LSE Library.

We’ve jumped over decades of progress to get to 2010, which was a banner year for technology with the release of Apple’s iPad. (Steve Jobs, c0-founder of Apple pictured). After seeing these photos, it’s tough to complain about a slow hard drive, a dropped call, or the occasional lost piece of mail.

How do you feel about the times we are in? What are you excited about? What do you fear?

Tweet/post this today:
You’ve been born for such a [wired] time as this. Get Kingdom-focused with your time online. #LiveSticky.

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  • http://twitter.com/snidermatthew AtomicPopcorn

    Love it, great stuff all!

  • http://twitter.com/TamiHeim TamiHeim

    Thanks! Grateful you came by this morning.

  • Anonymous

    Great post. I love the visual journey through the evokutiom of communication.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite part is all the women at the switch board. The antithesis of “wireless.” How powerful.

    Of course if we go back to Genesis, we’d simply heard God whisper His commands. No wires, no technology. Just pure connection—holy and unhindered. Now that’s impressive.

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  • Macysmom99

    This was Awesome! Loved the picture timeline. We have so many advantages with technology to influence and impact others….(looking at a big gumball…hmmm)

  • Kmac4him

    Wow! We have come a long, long way! We can communicate at the tip of our fingers, to so many and in so many diverse ways. For God, this is awesome! I love the online culture of our time because I feel like God can say so much to so many at once, then again… It worries me that we need to becareful of isolation. In the wake of instant communication, I believe we have the downside of islolation and in our culture, we have to guard against it. I look at Jesus how He spoke to the huge crowds, then to the 12 and then to the one… I want to make sure I am keeping the same balance!

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on the isolation threat, Kim. I see it happening with my kid and I know it’s happening. Technology is just so “woven” into our daily life. It’s hard to say “STOP watching TV, using the phone, doing your homework on the computers, talking to your friends, watching movies, checking the news, connecting with your teacher, downloading study guides, purchasing music, reading about your favorite bands . . . ” and the list goes on. SO much of a teens life is taking place online. That’s why we need to get in front of the flow and not always be reacting to the threat of it changing the quality of our relationships. SO TOUGH but I hear that’s the kind of stuff God rocks at. He is here and all is well.

  • Anonymous

    That’s so funny you brought up the gumballs. I was just thinking about that example and using it for a video post. Our hearts are aligned. Grateful God sparks “colorful” ideas that communicate His place in our lives! Did you change your twitter name?

  • http://twitter.com/JOYFULLTOO Melinda Y.

    I love the gumball example!:D Hope you can work it into the video post. Actually did not change twitter name-instead I may be slightly comment challenged. *smiling*
    After the prompt to enter email, I missed the cue to type JOYFULLTOO in the 2nd box so it defaulted to macysmom:)

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Love the photo tour!

    I think our HDTV needs dusting.

    I remember party lines. You never knew who was listening to your conversation. Nor do you today.

    As we approach the end of time (or the beginning), I can’t think of a faster way to communicate the message to the ends of the earth.

    I am concerned about finding the right balance between being open and transparent and maintaining appropriate privacy for safety sake. I also often wonder if there is a “hit list” somewhere with our names on it. But I am not afraid. :)

  • ToniBirdsong

    I really loved the photo you sent. Super inspiring. You have a good eye Melinda! It took me a while to get the whole commenting thing down. If you want to add your picture to your posts (which we always smile when we get to see) Go to: http://en.gravatar.com/

  • Melinda Ysaguirre

    Thanks Toni! Rolled out a new gravatar for 2011 o/