I recently heard of a study that showed the attention span of human beings has now dropped below that of a gold fish. That really doesn’t tell us anything until we know the attention span of a gold fish. Apparently it’s nine seconds.
NINE SECONDS! That means most of you are ready to stop reading this and go on to something else. It doesn’t bode well for people who write (like me). I already have a problem attracting readers. Losing them after eight seconds is a killer.
If our attention span keeps getting shorter, what does that say for our future? How can we survive with the attention span of a guppy?
They say that the media has done this to us. Ten second sound bites… Thirty second hamburgers… Instant-on TV… The list goes on forever. Yet I have to say I like all this quickness. Waiting for stuff can be a real drag.
“You shouldn’t pray for patience…”
I’ve even noticed in my own life that I’m beginning to grow a little impatient with anything that takes longer than a millisecond. If it can affect an old geezer like me, it can undoubtedly affect anyone.
It’s been said many times over the years that you shouldn’t pray for patience. The reason given is that the Lord will introduce situations into your life to help you build a patient spirit. I suspect the process can be less than hilarious. I’ve heeded that little warning and have never prayed that prayer. I’ve done so because of another old saying. “Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it.” Don’t even ask me what that means.
I’m not sure where all this impatience will lead. I’m definitely not a futurist. I can tell you, however, it doesn’t bode well for the practice of reading the Bible. That’s an endeavor that can take awhile.
It’s a trend I find to be a bit more than sad. I’ve always found Scripture to be fascinating. That’s one of the reasons I wrote the book, The Last Wedding (please pardon the shameless plug). It’s also one of the reasons I’m in the midst of writing a second book. I write because I want to do what I can to point people to a knowledge and love of the Bible. It’s a fantastic piece of literature that can change anyone’s life.
The good news in all of this is you don’t have to read the Bible in one sitting. In fact, you don’t even have to read it in one year. A little bit of Scripture can go a long way—particularly if you slow down long enough to meditate on it.
In fact, I’m of the opinion that the Bible is at it’s best when you stop and ask questions of it. You know—the old what, when, why, where, and how. Too many of us read a verse and say, “I don’t get it.” Then we give up. What are we—trout?