by Macy Johnson
“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.
Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.”
(Acts 15:39 NIV)
My email inbox was full, again, of information I no longer needed. In the past I purchased something from a different company, or inquired about a new service provider. They were no longer on my radar, but I was on theirs.
I don’t like to unsubscribe to emails, because I’m afraid I’ll miss a valuable offering. How many beneficial things could I possibly miss? Every morning I like to read and save my messages in a designated folder, or delete them. The only real benefit I value is a clean inbox. My husband does not agree with me. I cringe when I glance over Jeff’s shoulder to view the crowded list of emails on his Chromebook’s inbox.
“Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.”
(Lamentations 5:7 NIV)
I am tired of being pushed and pulled in different directions. My foolish choices could have eternal consequences. Like Paul and Barnabas, when they parted company after a disagreement, our heavenly Father calls us to move away from things that cause unnecessary stress in our lives, including emails.
“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”
(Ecclesiastes 7:2 NIV)
God’s Word is full of reminders to be cautious. Fasting is better than feasting. Less is more. It is more blessed to give encouraging messages than receive unwanted emails. This reduction begins with communications and hopefully moves into unfruitful behaviors.
I will unsubscribe to all foolish, fruitless activities and emails. I hope you will, too!