We had been told tornadoes were coming last Saturday, but it didn’t seem real till everything got crazy around 4:30pm. I was finishing up my notes for service (which ended up not happening, due to the weather) when the storm hit. It began with a downpour of rain, then came the 60mph winds, and huge, forceful hail. I know there have been much worse storms, but coming from New Mexico, that was the worst I’ve ever seen. The storm radio went off all day – sometimes only a couple minutes apart. Jenn and I hid in the bathroom for a few minutes, especially when we thought the hail was going to break our windows.
It was that bad.
We have Dish Network, so our TV kept cutting in and out as the weather ebbed and flowed. We were trying to watch the weather channel and see where the storm was headed. As we stood there listening to the pounding rain and howling wind, watching the storm tracker on the TV and listening to their warnings to duck for cover now before it’s too late, something interesting happened on TV: the news station split the screen in half. One side had the storm coverage, and the other side had the Predators hockey game. Was hockey that important at that moment that while they warned us to hide for our lives, some people preferred to see how the Predators were doing?!
Then it hit me. A lot of people lives their lives in split-screen.
We say we care about the “important” stuff: God, church, being a good person, etc, but we’re really only half-focused on that stuff. The other side of us really cares about all the other important stuff: hockey games, making money, having lots of friends, etc. While we act like we’re really concerned with the important stuff, we want to keep our attention on both.
The most popular term would be “riding the fence.”
As I stood there in amazement, I had to stop and ask myself if I was living in split-screen.
Did a hockey game have my attention while a tornado was sweeping through my city?
Was there something grabbing my attention that was taking my focus off of what was really important?
What about you? Are you living life in split-screen? What is your hockey game? What has your attention so much that you can’t let go of it, even when it becomes dangerous to hold on to?