Today was a very low-tech kind of day. Yesterday my wife and I switched cars. This morning I was about to leave for work and realized there was a problem. She still had my keys! Being only about 2 miles from church and realizing I needed to do more walking anyway, I set out on foot. The weather was pleasant, a sunny 77 degrees. I even broke a light sweat before reaching the church building. I noticed things I had never noticed before on the road between my home and the church. There were many opportunities to say “hello” to people. It turns out, taking time to be “low-tech” actually has many benefits.
I wonder if that decrease in technology actually leads to an increase in connections with others. We may be tempted to say that without technology we couldn’t reach all the people we do. While that is true in part, I also think there is something special about face-to-face interaction that technology just can’t compete with. The phrase “face to face” is used 4 times in the New Testament (1 Cor 13:12, 2 Cor 10:1, 2 John 1:12, & 3 John 1:14). In each of these instances it seems that there is a greater depth of knowledge and connection when you are face to face with someone or something. I need more “face to face” time with others. I am thinking I may do more walking in the future.
I wonder if this slower pace and more personal interaction with others has anything to do with the growth of the early church. You know Paul wasn’t driving by countless people on a daily basis with windows rolled up and radio playing. He was interacting with people when he travelled. He was making connections. I have been challenged today to slow down and take the time to be “low-tech” more often and hopefully that will give me the opportunity to really get to know more people who otherwise I may never have seen the opportunity to talk to.