The Land of Shiny Things is a finely manicured mental, spiritual, and physical subdivision of our universal domain. It is the cookie-cutter context that wraps itself around your mind daily, and for lack of an intuitive escape route, you fall into it way to easily.
It begins to define itself when you hit the snooze on the digital alarm in the morning. You point the remote at the television and an impersonal, albeit strangely comforting hum paints a layer over the room . . . and over your thoughts.
The morning sun rises in supernatural splendor but fails to compete with the shiny box that has reeled in your gaze. Our need to know far outweighs our need for much else. Amid the stream of shiny coursing through our mind we hope to catch a glimpse, or deduct a rational prediction, based on our library of shiny apps, reliable resources and mobile reports of what the unopened day ahead might hold.
The shiny coffee pot is programmed to perk. You punch the shiny toaster and poke the shiny blender. You pet your shiny dog that now has a chip surgically implanted so he can’t get lost in the Land of Shiny Things.
You kiss your shiny kids good-bye as they get on a bus where all the kids blindly slide into their seats careful not to interrupt an intense texting tango, the next game level or a hot song download. Rather than swap stories or baseball cards, they peer into their shiny gameboys, PSPs, cell phones and ipods.
Meanwhile, you get in your shiny car, complete with shiny GPS that gives you a .2% margin of error that you will make it to your destination within .6% of the estimated time without wasting a moment on a wrong turn or inefficient route. Stop! Go back! You almost left you’re your shiny cell phone, which would render you unreachable and unconnected – the equivalent of being among society’s electronically handicapped.
At the office you ache to skip the pleasantries. Cordial people move soooo slowly, you think to yourself. Chit chat and office banter exists to delay the euphoric cliff dive into the shiny stream of emails and other online destinations corralled on the other side of your shiny laptop screen.
Ahhhh. Finally one with the atmosphere’s Wi-Fi, you are officially powered up and folded into a world fueled by cell batteries, electricity, power cords and chargers. You are persuaded of your unique presence as you join the other 6 billion people on the planet who inhabit the Internet daily.
You need to know and be known and there’s little room for God in this shiny equation….Or is there?
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How do you keep a Christ-centered perspective in this land of shiny things?
His dominion is an eternal dominion; His kingdom endures from generation to generation. – Daniel 4:34 #ieway #LiveSticky