Life is not a game. God made us and He put us here for a purpose. Sounds obvious, but it’s so easy to forget when you live in the technology toy factory we call modern Australia.
You know what I mean.
Facebook, Twitter, Forums, Blogs…
iPhone, iPod, iMac…
X-box, Wii, PlayStation…
Email, texts, mobiles, landlines, IM…
The list could go on and on. There’s nothing wrong with these technologies, but we’ve got to remember they’re not just toys, they’re tools. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to help keep technology in its place.
- Be deliberate. Find tools that will help you fulful your life purpose more efficiently and effectively. Eliminate those that distract from that purpose.
- Be protective (of your time and attention). Guard your attitude toward communication tools. Just because the phone rings or an email arrives doesn’t mean God’s priorities for your life have changed. Don’t be a slave to your communication tools. With very few exceptions, you don’t owe anyone an immediate response to a communication.
- Be efficient. There are a lot of tools which will allow you to do more in less time online. Find them and put them to use. Then use that time in more profitable ways.
- Be selective. You don’t have to own/participate in every new technology or web fad that comes along. Ask others how it’s worked for them. Weigh your options. Participate intentionally.
- Be Christian. Don’t check your Christianity at the door. If you’re online, be a light for Christ online. If you’re txting, be a Christian txter. Technology allows us to maintain more relationships more easily than ever before. Develop relationships with lost people and preach Christ to them.
Well, those are my thoughts. If you’ve found something else that is helpful to you, please add it in comments.
- J. H. Jowett: “I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching… until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as a crystal.” Read the whole paragraph at Between Two Worlds.
- Jonathan Edwards on emotion in preaching. Desiring God.
- David Hosaflook has an insightful post on Alcohol on the Mission Field.
And finally, this is an interesting concept: