Don’t buy the 4G!

Do you have an iPhone, Evo, Epic or some other Android? Witness the language of the 4G sale:

With _____________, enjoy blazing-fast downloads and amazing data plans…!

You gotta have it, right? Everyone needs blazing-fast downloads and not just a data plan but an amazing one.

I was in one of those cell phone stores. It was a madhouse. They were running one of those specials. Your phone was free if you’d sign up for their “amazing data plan.” So while I was there, I decided to try out one of their 4G devices. Funny thing, it really was faster, quicker.

But as I stood there, it clicked for me. No matter how fast the network, no matter whether it was 4G, 5G or 100G, it wouldn’t be fast enough. I’d still find myself waiting and wishing it would all hurry up.

Such is the ill of our society. We’re like the Adam Sandler movie, Click, where we have the ability to fast forward through life only to find that as one proverb aptly noted: the journey is the reward. Or as Henri Nouwen put it, “My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I discovered that the interruptions were my work.”

So don’t buy the 4G hype. Even with blazing-fast downloads, your life will not change for the better. Yes, it might be faster, but it seems to me that joy comes with the careful reflection upon the creator God who reminds us to slow down.

O Lord, may I be slow today to see your giving hand!

William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation ( Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at


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