Where Have All the Humans Gone?

When I received a telephone call this morning from a computer – a female computer, mind you – it wasn’t a big surprise. Computers have done their best to take over the world, haven’t they? But this one was a first. This female computer – who had probably just finished her third cup of coffee for the morning while sitting in her home office with her feet kicked up on her overcrowded desk – had something to say for herself, alright. She informed my voice mail (who doesn’t drink coffee anymore) that I (I’m still human according to when last I looked) have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow with a new doctor (human, I hope). Leave it to a computer to tell me when I need to show up for my appointment. Why can’t I send a computer in my place for the exam, huh?

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I shouldn’t have been surprised by this new technological development, but I have to confess an interesting – and convicting – thought came to mind. Has this world stopped taking the time to love, to reach out as humans to other humans with acts of love and kindness and compassion and care and comfort? I’m not talking about the doctor’s office, mind you, but about us all. The thought left my mind as I made my way in and out of the house with my morning dog duties, a bit of writing, a few telephone calls, this and that. Then came the next thought on the subject. Where have all the humans gone?

When last I looked at the Bible, I believe God created humans. And I believe He created them for two purposes above all else. One, to love Him with all our hearts. Two, to love one another. But in this crazy busy world, I wonder this. Are we forgetting to take the time to be human, and are we forgetting to take the time to love as humans? The most popular word I hear when I talk to people these days isn’t Jesus. It’s another word. Can you guess?

The world is BUSY. Is this how BUSY we have all become? Crazy busy, as I’ve heard it said. Have we become too busy to love the Lord, and have we become too busy to love one another? Technology sure has come a long way, hasn’t it? Now, I wonder this. Where exactly is it getting us? To more and more earthly success? It sure can’t get us to heaven, can it? It sure can’t give us an intimate relationship with our Creator, can it? It can’t love, can it?

And I wonder this. How far has the human heart come? At the end of the day, when we stand before the Lord, Creator of the universe, and we are called to give account of what we have done on this earth, I wonder. Will a computer give our reply? And what will we say if He asks us what happened to love? Maybe our computers will come up with an answer. Because I sure can’t think of a single one. Where have all the humans gone? And what happened to love?

Today, let your highest priority as a human be this. Love the Lord with all your heart. And love one another. If your life is too busy to love the Lord, and to busy to love others, then turn off your computer and all your other technology and say goodbye too crazy busy and give your heart – AND your life – to the Lord.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 ESV

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