I had a few situations over the last few days online that have inspired a lot of thinking. Thinking is good.
There are so many good things to read online. Sometimes, it's hard to stop the continual clicking. The term "bunny trail" has a whole new meaning online. I appreciate the good stuff I can read out there.
But I was struck recently by how similar online communication can be to a high school cafeteria. We have little groups here and there, and often the boundaries are pretty solid. I think it's natural to have a preference for one over the other, and we do tend to align ourselves with people who are likeminded.
I do think, though, that I need to caution myself not to become a person who is unapproachable, or become part of a group that is unapproachable, or unhospitable. It was a good reminder. Sometimes, seeing something unpleasant online makes me look at myself in the mirror and evaluate whether or not I'm guilty of that.
I have to say that recently the internet has taught me a lot about my own shortcomings, and it's been through seeing myself in the poor conduct of others.
I've always been a person who ends up standing outside the circle, and I am not entirely sure why that is. It is not always easy to be that person, but I think God has a use for it. Perhaps he knows that if I go inside the circle, I may get lazy about my devotion to Him. Sometimes, He needs us to be solitary because it's the best place for us to be reached.
I felt a certain amount of cynicism on the weekend, but thankfully it has passed. People will always let us down, and we need to remember that. Our job is to avoid being the kind of discouragement that we ourselves experience and to seek for ways to love and build up those around us.
And now I have a date with four chapters of Joshua and a book review.