Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“CUT THE CORD” My birth certificate says my name is “Charles,” but since that was my dad’s name, I went by the name of “Chuck” – that is to everyone except my mother. To her I was “Chuckie.” That brought lots of teasing from classmates in high school, so when I went to college I gathered the nerve to say, “Mother, from now on I will not answer to the name ‘Chuckie.’” Cutting that cord was painful, but also healing.
Oh, I know the teasing I now will endure at Bay Village by revealing this personal story, but my point is that there are times when it is important to “cut the cord.” We all have had to do it in terms of previous locations, former activities, and even with some family members. Not easy, but necessary for health and wholeness.
For the past several years I have sought ways to cut the cord on an undue reliance on technology in relationships. Not easy! I have received criticism and ridicule since I do not own a TV; I am not on Facebook; I make no use of Twitter; I choose to talk with people in person whenever possible instead of phone, email, or texting. This has not been received well by all. Some folk have asked me to send an email or text instead of intruding on their space.
Cutting the cord has allowed me a whole web of personal contacts, and an openness to the needs of individuals on a more personal level. My preference always is to have a person’s needs be addressed in person, not by technology.
May each of us find ways to cut the cord of whatever prevents us from personal contacts with one another. The priority of personal interaction defines the spirit of Bay Village. May we never compromise that spirit.