Last night, one negligent act by one person at a power station in Arizona cascaded into a loss of electricity and cellular service for more than 5 Million people in the Western United States and parts of Mexico.

With no Thursday Night Football, no cell phone, and no internet to distract me, there was nothing left to do but spend time with my family.  With no air conditioning, it was too hot to stay indoors so I walked with my wife and sons to a nearby park and spent some time playing together.  As night fell, we sat outside on the patio talking with my wife’s parents and our neighbors.  Why is it that when the power is working, we never have time for family or neighbors?

If we are not careful, technology can isolate us from the things that matter most in life—people.  Last night I was reminded that less power leaves more time for building community.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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