Today we were late. Not only were we missing a luggage from yesterday’s flight, we also forgot to set our clocks forward one hour. We arrived at church just in time to hear the last praise and worship song. I tried to enjoy the song but, found myself to be somewhat distracted and somewhat hungry as well. I realized that I was just a bit irritated. As we prepared to receive the sermon, I noticed that my daughter had taken out her cell phone. I begin to speak silently to my spirit…”calm down. Just be grateful that she’s here with you.” As the pastor continued his lesson, I noticed that my daughter appeared to be texting. Again, I spoke silently to my spirit…”don’t get annoyed with her, she’s in college. All college students are addicted to texting. She needs therapy not a lecture.” I could no longer fake it. I was completed annoyed. Just as I leaned over to whisper a few motivational words in her ear, I noticed that she was taking notes. My daughter was actually using her smartphone to get smarter by taking notes on today’s sermon. I felt convicted. Too often we judge young adults based on our own perceptions and past experiences. Today I learned that maybe, just maybe they’re taking notes- taking notes on how not to judge others, how to be patient, kind and loving at all times. So, the next time that you’re in church and you notice a young adult texting, think before you judge. Maybe they’re just taking notes.
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