Could you turn off your phone please?

charlie and the chocolate factory theatreA few weeks ago, Tracey, the girls and I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal in London.

We went as a part of my daughter’s 11th Birthday celebrations and we had a great day out in London and the show was truly excellent.

This was my first visit to a theatre in London and one of the things that surprised me was how many people were trying to use their mobile phones during the performance even though they had been asked not to.

We were sat right at the back and as well as being entertained by the show, we had a good view of the staff running up and down the steps asking people to turn their phones off.

I guess that people were mostly trying to record parts of the show, but one or two people several rows in front appeared to be playing games on their mobile devices.

A ticket to the theatre isn’t cheap and so it surprised me that people would pay so much money but not particularly want to watch the performance.

Whilst we had a great time, it was sad to be reminded of the way that we are increasingly becoming a society where people are more focused on mobile devices than they are on the reality going on around them. I have written about this ielsewhere and if you would like to read more about this then you might want to start with Have you heard of FOMO?

I need to confess at this point that I’m not really a theatre lover and I particularly struggle with musicals, but even I was glad I went. The skill of the actors and the clever way that the story had been put together for a stage performance was very impressive. Going to the theatre isn’t really what I would have chosen, but I went with an open mind and actually quite enjoyed it.

What is our focus? What are we living for?

Jesus said that we should seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6.33). In other words, he was saying that if we want to follow him then we need to look first for what pleases God who is our king rather than for just at what pleases us.

Jesus told us to seek God’s will first, but is this really the principle that is consistently shaping our lives?

Is it our primary aim to please God or to please ourselves?

We are supposed to be focused on God’s Kingdom, which will involve more and more people seeing God as king, but perhaps we are consumed by other things?

If we claim to follow Jesus, then we might want to take some time to consider how we are seeking God’s Kingdom first.

You might find the prayer in this video helpful.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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