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Multitasking and Faith

Multitasking has become an inherent part of our everyday society. People walk around texting or calling people as they go from place to place. College students sit in front of a computer with multiple windows open, and multiple messages between email and instant messaging programs, and they think that they’re getting a lot of tasks completed in less time than if they merely sat in front of their screen with one window open.

Overall, multitasking has become a generally accepted and even admired trait in our society and our churches. It seems that it would be a good thing, getting multiple things accomplished at the same time. Our brain chemistry even makes us believe that multitasking gets more things done when, as a matter of fact, that’s not what is happening at all. It just triggers the parts of our brain that makes us feel good, so we assume those “good feelings” are due to the fact that we’re getting more things done.

Multitasking comes with a lot of white noise; noise that’s just there to fill space instead of providing insight or completing tasks. Where’s God in all of this noise that is going on around us? Many people will tell you that they lose track of God in those instances where they are trying to multitask within a church or other spiritual context; since we can’t see, feel, taste, hear (physically) or touch God, He sometimes gets knocked out of the equation.

Seeking God’s Kingdom involves all of our senses, and complete focus on God. Many people will say that, if they get distracted during various times of worship, that it is harder to keep their focus. How can we resolve this when multitasking has become such a huge part of our society? That’s a question that we’re still looking to answer.