The bad thing about auto-pilot …

Auto-pilot technology has now become so sophisticated there is growing concern some pilots are becoming overly-dependent on the use of technology.

The same can be said for many of us with regard to being thoughtful. We make our interactions with others so routine, we often fail to give much thought to what we say and do before saying and doing it. This is also an issue among leaders, who teach those they lead to respond by rote rather than from deliberate thoughtfulness.

It’s kind of like the Lutheran pastor who always started each service by saying, “The Lord be with you.” The people would respond, “And also with you.” But one Sunday the sound system wasn’t working, so the first thing he said was, “There’s something wrong with this microphone,” to which the people responded, “And also with you.”

How about you?

Are you thoughtful about your interactions with others? Or do you respond by rote, ways you’ve learned to respond without any real thinking about others?

“There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking,” Proverbs 29:20.