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Much has happened since I last blogged, and it doesn’t help with the fact that February is the shortest calendar month of the year – even on a leap year.

I have been challenged lately about the Church as a whole and how we communicate during Missions Week. I have learned about how to give oneself wholeheartedly to serving others. It’s very different compared with being on the receiving end, but to take the extra effort to serve is actually a wonderful feeling. There’s a sense of selflessness about showing concern for others. In ways, I find it more enjoyable than receiving.

In ways of Christian service, we often forget how to engage with others, be it in traditional face-to-face conversation or meandering the slick ways through social media. The latter however, will never be the norm of human communication.

I firmly believe we must focus our energy on the traditional methods of human communication. Nothing beats a good firm handshake or a smile and meeting eye-to-eye with a fellow being, compared with a socially-awkward ‘poke’ or pressing a pixelated ‘like’ button on Facebook, or hitting a one-click RT of a divine tweet on Twitter, or even giving a virtual ‘Thumbs Up’ of an inspiring video on YouTube. Best of all, you can’t have an atmospheric chat with someone over a freshly brewed cup of tea, or a roasted coffee with a stick of cinnamon stick and biscuit.

I know of people who think they know the universe about social networking, but unfortunately they know diddly-squat of being human and level-headed to simply live out life as the LORD God created and intended it to be.

I have social networking accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Flickr, but I wouldn’t say I am a consumer, nor do I depend on them to make a living. Instead, I choose to live out my life as a transparent Christian, and share in the Christian witness of everyday life, with occasional blog writings to express any struggles or to share in the joys, but with a keen interest and focus to celebrate the small things in life.

I understand it is quite a transition from finding joy in serving others to expressing my musings with modern forms of communication via social media. I choose to nit-pick on the note, as I have been a consumer of worldly things in the past, and these days consumers are literally consumed with all things worldly. Social media is simply a clever way of milking human communication and disguising it as a form of ‘media’ or entertainment platform to consume our time. One such example was that back in the day, I used to spend around 6 hours per day gaming on our home PC. These days, I hardly play games. Instead, I feel more called to Christian ministry. Hard to believe, and of course, I too struggle with managing my time more wisely.

But Richard, I don’t play hardcore gaming on consoles or PC’s. That may very well be true, but everyone is still consumed by something. Often, people are consumed by the newest TV sitcom, or the latest trend of social networking (and spending a bit too long on such sites).

Compare your enjoyment of such things with how long you read your devotional studies and study your Bible? Or how long you typically spend each day in prayer to the LORD. Perhaps embarrassingly – not enough. I too am guilty of not spending enough time with God than I should be. And yet, we are given the wonderful gift of God’s Living Word. Only through God’s Word can we rebuke evil by reading the Scriptures, and holding onto the Scriptural promises that the LORD has bestowed us to use, and equip ourselves as disciples of Christ in a fallen world.

I haven’t planned anything for Lent, but I am keen to spend more time being in God’s presence than fingering my time on consuming myself with the multitude forms of media platforms.

After spending some time serving on a missions week with Plains Evangelical Church last week, I was inspired that we need to spend more time to be among real people in real need. We need to develop, minister and grow in the relationships with the very people who live around us, and value those who are present with us today, for tomorrow may hold a different story.

We are called to be disciples of Christ.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)

~Richard