I was cleaning out my inbox a while ago when I came across this forward Ymn sent me about six months ago. I remember when reading it, it touched me and while reading it again, it touched me again. So I thought I’d share it:
A teacher from Primary School asked her students to write an essay about what they would like God to do for them... At the end of the day, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional. Her husband, who had just walked in, saw her crying and asked her: 'What happened?' She answered: 'Read this. It is one of my students' essays…'
'Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special… Make me into a television. I want to take its place and live like the TV in my house… Have my own special place, and have my family around ME... To be taken seriously when I talk... I want to be the center of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions… I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives even when it is not working… Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired… And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me... And I want my brothers to fight to be with me... I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me… And last but not least, ensure that I can make them all happy and entertain them... Lord I don't ask you for much... I just want to live like a TV…'
At that moment the husband said: 'My God, poor kid. What horrible parents!' The wife looked up at him and said: 'That essay is our son's!'
Now I know people are resorting less and less to TVs nowadays, but in a way, they aren’t. Just replace TV with cellular phones (BB mania, anyone?), laptops (I’m guilty :-(, or any other gadget or gizmo that’s been taking most of our time…
Don’t get me wrong, connecting with technology is important, but connecting with real people in real life is more important. Just remember that! ;-)