The art of the conversation can sure be tricky at times. Add all of this technology and new ways to communicate on top of it and it gets pretty ugly. There’s not much give and take anymore. I seem to either be on the receiving end of someone who only wants to talk and doesn’t want to hear a word I have to say. Or those that let you talk, then don’t acknowledge what you said and they are out the door.
Serving school lunch to headstart through 6th grade has shown me what direction the art of conversation is going. Granted there are stages where kids start to get a bit defiant and too cool for us adults (especially lunch ladies with hairnets). I took a close look today and here’s what I observed.
Headstart- through about 2nd grade will give you the time of day. Third grade mostly still look up and smile a bit. After that, 4th-6th, wow. I purposely spoke to as many as I could. Calling them by name, saying have a good day with a smile on my face. You wouldn’t believe the amount that totally ignored me. I wonder if it’s out of defiance or is it all the technology combined with parents not communicating with their children. Sure makes you wonder what road our future will go down.
What will be the future for those who need to hear about Jesus? Will we need to come up with quick, short billboard messages to reach the lost in the future? How will we keep their attention long enough to show them there is a God that loves them? Will memes and Gif’s take over bible studies? Churches where everyone is given a device and plug in to hear and read the preached word of God? Ok I know, I’m far-fetched in my thinking…
But who would’ve ever thought you could carry your home phone, your camera, your video-camera, your phone book, and your alarm clock all in your pocket???