Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37
Friday’s: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21      Saturday’s: Esther 3-5; Acts 5:22-42
Sunday’s: Esther 6-8; Acts 6             Monday’s: Esther 9-10; Acts 7:1-21

The snafu at the 2017 Academy Awards won’t soon be forgotten. PwC, formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers, had flawlessly handled the Oscar balloting for 83 years, but on February 26, 2017, PwC’s Brian Cullinan handed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for the Best Picture Award. They announced “La La Land” as the winner so the cast and crew began their acceptance speeches before the mishap was addressed. “Moonlight” actually won, so the celebrity crowd at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles experienced one of the most awkward moments in red-carpet history. After a full review, PwC blamed the monumental mistake on distraction. Cullinan was admittedly distracted because he’d just tweeted a photo of Emma Stone moments before dishing out the wrong envelope. As a result of the investigation, PwC accountants won’t be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.[1]

The distraction isn’t surprising because we’ve all drifted into oblivion while engaging our phones, so the real point is not about technology but distraction. When we’re distracted, we often miss something important, and countless people are missing out on God’s very best for their life because a job, relationship, pursuit, hurt or regret has their attention fixed on something other than the Lord Himself.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Houston Chronicle, 3/30/17, pg. B3; In Other Words, April 2017, Issue 1.