An interesting brochure caught my attention on a recent Delta airlines flight. It’s message was “Time On Board, Time Well Spent: make the most of your flight today with WI-FI and, inspiring and free streaming entertainment.” It proclaimed seventy-five movies, one hundred and fifty TV shows, HBO, TED Talks and more, accessible by laptop, tablet, smart phone, and seatback screen all with no charge. Amazing!
If people are not busy taking advantage of “inspiring and free streaming entertainment,” their time is devoted to video games. Then there are the few who are actually conversing, working, or sleeping. I assume those persons with their eyes closed are sleeping and not praying. I could be wrong. In the diversity of activity, most people seem to be glued to a screen for one reason or another. I have to ask if it is really “time well spent” and truly “inspiring.” I am yet to observe anyone getting off a flight looking wonderfully inspired. Overall, the American (and Canadian) culture seems busy passing time, but not engaging in time well spent. Should I be surprised? We live in a post-Christian era of distractions and attractions that suck the life out of us in relatively valueless activity that mostly serve as a diversion from those things that really matter.
Then I have to ask from what is all the entertainment diverting us? What’s the attraction. What are the alternatives to not waste? What are the things that really matter? In answering I assume I am writing to a readership of authentic, altogether Christians, not nominal, half-hearted Christians that John Wesley might call “almost Christians” or “low road Christians.” I assume that the American culture has not pilfered your awareness of God’s presence, grace, and work in your life. I assume your habits-of-the-heart incline you to keep company with Christ more than with the latest digital invention of the entertainment industry. I assume time well spent in flight with God (in Scripture, prayer, conversation, wholesome reading, rest, etc.) is not a lost priority. I assume God is just waiting to share something new, fresh, and inspiring with you by the time the flight ends. If I am wrong, then you answer the question. Is your time well spent? Every time I end a flight, I have to ask that question. Was my time well spent? Sometimes I need to repent over my answer and pray for forgiveness for ignoring my best friend who was present with me the whole time. It’s likely he had something to say! If only I had been listening. . .