Technology is one of our greatest gifts. And, if we are honest with ourselves, it has been one of our lifelines for the past two and a half years. Both personally and professionally, technology has allowed us to be connected despite a slew of circumstances.
However, for me at least, technology can be something that pulls me into distraction, into doing too many things at once, and into a place of missing what is actually happening around me. The list of opportunities and pitfalls that technology provides is long, but needless to say, it can be a problem. Technology often insists that we “Always Be Doing”.
I’ve seen the need to “always be doing” in two places: to always be producing, or, to always be consuming. These come at a significant cost. Let’s be fair though, this isn’t just with technology. Technology is just one of the most universal distracters right now. I’ve seen clients with anxiety and depression because they are unable to keep up with the Jones’, or the Jones’ can’t stop keeping up. I’ve seen and experienced health conditions and ailments, sickness and soreness show up as people deal with these heavy and stressful burdens that are caused by the need to “always be doing”. However, I’ve also seen this concept somewhere else- with a convicting lesson attached to it— The story of Mary and Martha. In Luke 10. we are told this of Jesus’ time with Lazarus’ sisters:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.
If we’re being honest, of the two sisters I’m the one avoiding sitting at the feet of Jesus in this account: “Lindsay, Lindsay you are anxious and troubled about many things. And, Lindsay, you’ve missed out on my teaching for minutia, why have you prioritized everything else being perfect over what I have to share? One thing is necessary, just the one.”
Our drive to always be accessible, to be perfect, to do all the things, it is not what we were created for. These goals are unachievable, unrealistic, and quite frankly, unnecessary. When I focus on the need to “be doing” I miss what is most important: growing in relationship with my Savior, the bug on my driveway that brings my two-year-old absolute delight and curiosity, the client who needs me to see past the question they’re asking and see deeper into the heart of their need. When I constantly choose the noise and distraction, I miss out on people; on being fully present; and also on being content and confident in what my Savior has set out before me.
Why do I share this as we begin September? It seems that many people that I’ve talked with in my community, myself included, have been given an unexpected set of challenges over the summer and we didn’t quite get all of the things in our plan accomplished. The beginning of the school year can lend itself to falling into the trap of being all things to all people at all times very quickly. As we prepare for a change in season and responsibilities, I challenge you to evaluate your priorities. Prioritize Christ. Prioritize your people—the family and friends you’ve been entrusted with. Enjoy being fully present— even for the 1000th bug discovery in your driveway.
Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 7:30 AM
Adams Pointe Golf Club, 1601 RD Mize Rd, Blue Springs, MO
Our 6th Annual Golf Classic is quickly approaching! If you’re still putting your team together, you only have a couple weeks left. For all of you sponsors, this is a great opportunity to put your business in front of our 200 guests while supporting an amazing organization changing the lives of the kids and families in your community.
Here are the ways you can still get involved:
Team Registration – 4 Person ($700)
Individual Team Registration ($175): Playing on a team but paying fees individually.
Individual Player Registration ($200): Individual golfer, not yet on a team. Will be placed on a team prior to event.
Silver Sponsor ($3,000): Logo on sponsor banner & website; 1 foursome included
Cart Sponsor ($1,000): Logo included on all beverage carts (3), cart corral area, and on sponsor banner
Premium Hole Sponsor ($250): Sign with logo at designated hole; table to handout giveaways at hole; ability to include promotional item in gift bag
To contact our Director of Development, Naomi Thompson, call: 816.272.0653 or email: email@example.com.
Thank You To Our Current Sponsors!
Metcalf Auto Plaza
Pinnacle Family Advisors
Miracle Mile Motors
Square Deal Auto
B&H Freight Line Inc
Keller & Owens
Cheryl Julo – Reece Nichols
Debbie Miller – Sr Ins Advisor
Christy Yager – Edward Jones
Brandon Ritchey – Medicare Planning
Pam Bardy – Keller Williams
Tyson Auto Source
Stone Amp SEO
Mark & Cathy McGaughey
For questions or silent auction item drop off, please contact Naomi Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816.272.0653.
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Thank you, Hannah Yowell and Stuart & Janis Thompson for answering our invitation to give back so that others have the opportunity to receive affordable counseling. We are so honored to have you partner with us.
A special thank you to Max Motors, Wise Wealth, Pam Bardy – Keller Williams, Jerry Capra – Square Deal Auto, Pinnacle Family Advisors, Mark & Cathy McGaughey, US Foods, and Sprouse Financial for your Golf Classic Sponsorships.
Thank you to Phil Rydmans, Jay Fulmer, Porky Products, Central Bank of the Midwest, Joel Reed, and Matt McHenry for your Golf Classic Registrations. We are looking forward to an amazing tournament.
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