The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Sent From My iphone…Really?

Bible Character: Solomon

Have you ever received an email with this message attached at the bottom?

              Sent from my iPhone

I have both received it, and if you know me…you have probably received an email from me with this very tag line on it!

What might be wrong with it?

Many believe that King Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes.  It seems to be a look back on his life, and a realization of what is really important.  He writes,

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3: 1

A couple of questions probably many of us struggle with:

Because of technology are we unable to separate our personal and professional lives? 

Are we bad leaders if we do not monitor work activities 24 hours a day from our smart phones?

Having a computer (smart phone) with us at all times has really changed work conditions.  The real question in Ecclesiastes is not, “what is meaningless”…but first and foremost, “what is important?”

Balance

When I was in elementary school we played on the teeter totter.  Remember this piece of playground equipment?   You had to ride it with a person of similar weight, or you couldn’t balance.

Our work is very important, so is our pursuit of God, so is our devotion to our family, so is helping in our communities.  It’s similar to finding the right balance on the teeter totter.  This harmony will never be found without our relationship being right with God.

The irony is, continually looking to our smart phones for updates on the “important stuff” might cause us to miss the “meaningful matters” in our personal lives.  Again, I even feel guilt rising in me as I continue to search for the appropriate balance.

“Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

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