A running joke started here recently with regard to robo-messages. You know them, the instant message responses on your phone that you send when you can’t answer someone’s call at that moment:
- Call you back in 15 minutes
- Can’t talk, text me
- What’s up?
- Driving, call you right back
- In meeting
- Running late- be there soon
- Sorry, I’m on a call right now
- Send me an email
I have two personalized ones on my phone:
- Homeschool in session, will call back at lunch.
- In class- teaching
It just occurred to me that it is more distracting and requires more effort to push that message to someone while you’re driving than it would take to just answer the phone. That one is not a good idea. At all.
As is often the case when something hits the forefront of my thinking, the running joke has sparked a tip toe through the tulips of random thoughts. Specifically, the things that pop into my head when I get a call or a message from people in particular:
- Oh, gosh. What’s wrong now?
- She always makes me laugh
- Hope my brother’s daily verse is a good one (as if there is a BAD Bible verse)
- Please Lord, don’t let them have been in an accident
- I do NOT feel like hearing about her drama of the week.
- Whatever else this might be, it won’t be boring…
- She always encourages me
- Let me get prayed up before I call back.
In other words, I have a real problem with attaching assumptions to people and while I’m blessed that my internal robo message is as likely to be good or neutral as it is bad, I should work on jumping to conclusions.
There have been times when I was dead wrong.
Tell the truth. You have robo-thoughts/messages too. I know you do.