“In a world where there is a wealth of information, there is often a poverty of attention.”- Ken Mehlman, G. W. Bush’s presidential campaign manager
Leighton Ford wonders whether, as we’re continuously bombarded by information via the world-wide-web, there is any way for us not to pay attention. Since we’re usually in a state of sensory and factual overload, it’s very difficult for anything to get our full attention. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once commented on this phenomenon:
You’re never out anymore. The assumption now is that you’re always in . . . . And when you are always in, you are always on. And when you’re always on, what are you most like? A computer server.”
Full commitment requires sustained attention. Perhaps, Leighton Ford suggests in Chapter 5 of The Attentive Life, churches should not only focus on programs, but offer a space for silence. The author adds:
“Perhaps is a faster world we could use a slower church- or at least churches that help us slow down and pay attention.”
Today’s question: Do you agree that churches should pay a little less attention to programs and more opportunities for quiet and reflection? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Worried and distracted”