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It's so funny how we don't talk anymore...

03 July 2013, 13:54

Yes, it’s the song by Cliff Richard, or shall I say Sir Cliff Richard. If you recognised the title there, you inadvertently gave your age away. ‘The song reached No1 in the UK singles chart in August 1979, remaining there for four weeks. It was Richard’s 10th UK number one and his biggest worldwide seller. The song title is actually ‘We don’t talk anymore’ but of course when he sings it (in the lyrics), that’s how it goes. Sir Cliff, now 72 was actually born Harry Rodger Webb. (Source: Wikipedia)

It is not clear why Alan Tarney wrote that song, whether it was fictitious or real, but it does not matter. Cliff Richard sang the song and as they say, the rest is history.

Perhaps the song resonated with so many because of the theme of love and a relationship that seems to have come to an end. After all in 1979 the world was a very different place. But I guess if they (radio stations) were to play the song again, it will resonate yet again with many (well maybe) but for other reasons.

See we live in the information age and technology has changed our lives forever. A lot more things are a lot easier but we are also bombarded with information. Some of it is good and inevitable and some not so good. Life is fast-paced and often with both parents working to pay the bills, relationships between parents and children suffer. In an attempt to counter this tsunami wave, psychologists come up with concepts like ‘QT or quality time.’ According to the concept of quality time, we are to make a little bit of time for our children or loved ones and only focus on them for say an hour or two. Let me give you an example: say you’re a divorced father and you only get to see your son, little Johnny every second weekend, then you may spoil him by e.g. take him to the Spur buy him the meal with the toy and afterwards even buy him another toy, probably Playstation game or so. But you’re feeling good because you’re spending quality time with your son. But are you really?

We live in a time when we are so relationally challenged, it’s not even funny. We greet each other with what’s up, howzit and the like and don’t really want to hear the answer. Despite the fact that we have two ears and one mouth, we seem to be talking all the time and hardly listen. See its when you listen, I mean really listen to another person that you connect. You know how it goes. Someone says one thing and on one level it means this but on a deeper level it means something else. It could even be a cry for help but we miss it because we’re in a hurry or have more important things to do.

It is therefore no surprise that so many people suffer with loneliness, depression, eating disorders, Internet addiction to name but a few and eventually become suicidal. Tragically, many succeed to end it all…

We see in the life of Yeshua the Messiah that He had 12 close followers or talmidim. This gave Him the opportunity to make a quality impact in the 3.5 years of His ministry. Yeshua was more concerned about quality than quantity. He also often addressed crowds of people on occasion fed the 5000 (men) and then 4000, so don’t get me wrong. But Yeshua was not about big budget, big building or big persona for that matter. His claim to be the long-awaited Messiah was backed up by His actions. He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, opened deaf ears and blind eyes and even raised the dead. Yeshua also often spoke about the fact that He only did what His Father wanted Him to. See His obedience was not dead ritual but was based on His close relationship with the Father. Dying on the tree was not one of the tasks that He needed to tick off His checklist. The motivation was love and He reiterated this days before His crucifixion. And in doing so, He was asking that they follow His example, namely to give because that’s what loves does. Love is not about ‘what’s-in-it-for-me.’ Again Yeshua’s ministry or serving was about giving – the direction of His benefits was towards the poor, the sick, the needy (the vulnerable of society)

The days for building powerful organisations supposedly for the Kingdom, are over. All too often, in the drive for excellence, expansion and increased revenue, the task (and brand) becomes the central theme again.

And to slow us down properly the Father gave us Shabbat. It’s a day to remember and focus on our Creator and the fact that He sustains us. Also, horizontally it affords us the chance to reconnect with our families and loved ones. It’s not a legalistic requirement, it’s the principle (before you shout at me: we are no longer under the law). It’s really your choice whether you want to do it on the day when the Council of Laodicea decided it should be or from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. You may not appreciate this statement but I assure you I’m not trying to be controversial or legalistic. Go and do your own research to see where the names of the days of the week come from and how Sunday became the day of worship. Save yourself some time and ask one of your Jewish friends when Sabbath is. Again, Sabbath is for rest and relationship, that’s why I raise it here.

Believe it or not, it’s in your interest to rest. If you’re that way inclined, don’t forget to go and listen to Sir Cliff’s song on YouTube (unless you have it on LP record)

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