As you can tell by the cartoon above we live in a Jetson world. I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and The Jetsons was one of my favorites. They made the future look like so much fun. Everything was going to be easier; they walked their dog, Astro, on a moving sidewalk and they had Rosie, their robotic maid, to do all the housework. By watching The Jetsons we could see what our future had in store for us; video phone calls, online news and talking appliances.
In contrast to The Jetsons I also enjoyed watching the “modern stone age family” The Flintstones. They worked hard in the rock quarry, drove around in cars propelled by their feet, and when they took a photograph it was a bird inside the camera that was carving the image. Both of these shows, in one way or another make fun of modern day society and the problems that pop up from day to day. Both shows also play on our wishes. What we wish we had, or wish we could do to make our lives easier. Even though the Flintstones work hard they play hard as well. there is something carefree about their lives and their friendships that all of us wish we could tap into. At the same time The Jetsons offered us the hope of a carefree life as technology became better and better. “People lived in housing in the sky, worked a three-day workweek, drove aero cars that looked like flying saucers and had incredible conveniences that left them with plenty of leisure time.”
Well, we don’t live in the sky or drive aero cars just yet but many of the modern conveniences predicted by The Jetsons have come to fruition. The problem is, we don’t have plenty of leisure time. It seems as if our “modern conveniences” actually cause us to have much less leisure time than when we were living in a Flintstone kind of world. This lack of leisure time is causing people to never disconnect from work and the busyness of the world. it has more folks using medication for stress, high blood pressure and ill health. And, we spend less time off the internet and with our families than ever before. I’m as bad as anyone in these modern day times. I’m always checking emails, always thinking about what we need to do at the church, and how I can work better. Look, I am writing this during vacation. But the fact is we must break away. As Christians we should know how important it is to take time away to spend with God and to take time away to serve our brothers and sisters around the world. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:10. Especially in light of all that has been taking place around our world and our country we need to spend more time searching for direction from God and caring for those around us.
As I said, I am on vacation this week and we decided to move, somewhat, away from our Jetsons lifestyle and enjoy a little Flintstone time. We are camping in the middle of the north Georgia woods. No, we aren’t sleeping on the ground and we have many modern conveniences but it is an amazing time to remember what is important, to catch our collective breathes and to be reminded of the beauty God has placed around us and the blessings God gives us.
As I sit outside among the trees, listening to the birds call back and forth I just seem to be able to breathe better. Although we have our cell phones and do check them from time to time, my husband, my mom and I take the time to take hikes in the woods, really talk with one another and play games together. There is time in this Flintstone world to talk with God, to be thankful and to recognize our blessings. We can’t always leave our Jetson world and take a refreshing break for days on end. But, we should remember God is always with us ready to be that refreshing, renewing, re-energizing place to be for us anytime we are willing to spend a few moments with Him. I want to encourage all of us to put down the cell phone, t.v. remote, video game and computer on a daily basis and spend time with God. Share with God your stressors, your concerns, all those things of the world that weigh us down. As we do this we will begin to feel more relaxed and to find that carefree life with which The Jetsons used to taunt us.
It isn’t technology that brings us freedom it is the love of Christ Jesus that frees us from life’s burdens.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. ” Galatians 5:13
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Now that my friends is good news.