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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

6 March 2013: Stephen Field, The Salvation Army Petersfield

Reflections

I have to confess that finding time to reflect on life is harder these days. In an age when we have so much to help us with our day-today living - mobile phones, held hand computers etc - and are able to respond to and retrieve information instantly you would think that we would have more time to ourselves.

However, it would seem for many of us, we have succumbed to the demands of the ever increasing instant living, where more is expected from us because we can produce it quicker, rather than maintaining previous rates.

So how can we re-address this?

Recently people have considered having 'time out' from email, or turning the mobile phone off for a period of time, or even giving up Facebook for a period such as Lent. What a great way to recapture some time and space, as long as we don't fill it with other things.

While we can never reverse the new hi-tech way of living, we still have the choice to break away from it, so that we can find time and space for reflection.

Just as Jesus had to stop everything to go into the wilderness and face his challenges, it is vital for us to stop everything and 'reflect in the wilderness' - finding time in our lives where we can face our challenges - who are we, what should we be and where should we be going. Hopefully, like Jesus, we will come out of the wilderness as stronger people.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 13 March; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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