Stepping up on my soapbox here. This morning I am answering emails, many of them from current or former students. I have to do this every morning or else I will fall way behind. I have a 24-hour policy when it comes to emails and text messages. You can expect a reply from me within 24 hours. Usually I will respond to you as soon as I have read your email. One email I responded to this morning took me 45 minutes to write since it involved exegeting several texts of Scripture.
So what. It's simple courtesy.
You know me -- I'm all about not making excuses for your life. Sometimes I have to wait for days before I get a reply to an email I send, even to someone I know well. Sometimes I have to wait for over a week. Folks, stop making excuses and just do it. And no, I'm not perfect either. Granted, sometimes you really do have a good excuse for not replying sooner than you did. I just don't think that's a good reason to let ourselves off the hook. On the other hand, I have some friends and colleagues who will answer my emails almost before I have written them. They are just that disciplined. Most of them are super-uber-busy, too. (You know who you are: K, H, R, and J. On the other hand, I am NOT talking about L, M, W, and A. Just kidding: I don't have anyone specific in mind with these abbreviations so don't write me.)
Let's just do whatever we know we need to do. It's a choice we make.