LETTER: Focus and feel before you Facebook

Your letters
Your letters

Wild West cowboys unwisely reaching for a gun were called ‘trigger happy’; today we whip out our smartphones to record many moments.

Sharing is an excellent aspect of social media - yet we can capture moments before we properly experience them ourselves because we’re concentrating on the best angles.

The Bible seems an unlikely commentator on mobile technology, but Paul offers some significant thoughts in his letter to the Corinthians. He said we perceive God as though ‘through a lens dimly’ but one day we will see Him ‘face to face’. For Paul, looking through glasses because his sight was failing, was vastly inferior to seeing God face to face with renewed eyes.

Of course using our mobile devices, there’s the photos to show others but the trade-off was that we missed being fully ‘in’ an unrepeatable moment ourselves - was it worth it?

So before you automatically reach for the smartphone - enjoy the moment yourself; focus and feel before you Facebook, try before you Tweet.

Imbibe before you Instagram.

The Rev Paddy Beresford

St John’s Church, Broadbridge Heath


Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be among the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make our website your homepage at www.wscountytimes.co.uk

2 Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wscountytimes

3 Follow us on Twitter @wscountytimes

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

The County Times – always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.