How many emails have you received today? I read this week that there are almost 4 billion registered email accounts – which is not bad for a planet with 7 billion inhabitants. Approximately 114.8 billion emails are sent every day. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, 20 million emails are arriving in various inboxes. Wow! We at Union are glad to contribute to this craze by sending you Acts@22A by email.
Email was invented by Ray Tomlinson in 1971. Tomlinson was a computer programmer working with ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet. In 1971 there were only 15 computers that had been linked to each other. Ray thought it might be useful one day to send messages between computers. Since he invented email, he got to chose the @ as the iconic symbol.
Only about 14% of the email we receive is important information from real people. The rest is spam.
There is a lot of spam in my life and it hides the really important information I need to hear. But today I filter all the spiritual spam away and focus on some key and radically important words from Jesus: "But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well." (Matt 6:33) We can trust our loving Father to take care of us as we follow his Son. (Thanks to my friend Glen Macdonald for the email facts.)