As technology increases, it becomes easier and easier to feel obligated to stay connected through all the social media channels, television, and talk radio. It seems like every time i turn around, a new gadget is created and everyone is flocking to the store to get it. Or, i am getting emails to join a new social media website.
i have hit the point of i just can't keep up. And frankly, i don't think God ever intended us to keep up. Every time my phone rings, beeps, buzzes, or makes some kind of noise, my attention is diverted. That interrupts sleeping, time with family, date night, prayer time, quiet time, etc. It steals from the things that are more important.
Instant gratification is what our culture craves. With the latest technology, we expect an answer to an email, text, phone call immediately or it frustrates us.Now, maybe this sounds a little far-fetched, but all this technology and the attention we give media outlets is becoming a god.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me."
i know there are some days (more than i'd like to admit) when i check Facebook statuses more than i pray. Or, i'll spend more time texting than spending time in the Word. Maybe you can relate to this - rolling over in bed, turning off the alarm, and checking email, facebook, and messages before getting out of bed.
No wonder i crave silence and soak up every bit of it when i get the chance. All of the visual and auditory stimulation is keeping me way too alert and unable to relax.
i have been challenging myself to disconnect from the world and connect more to God in quiet time where i turn off the cell phone, iPad, and laptop. i recognize that i can't hear God over the noise and He isn't going to shout. i am at a crossroads in my life and i need answers more now than ever. i'm going back to putting my family and God first. Social media and technology can and will pass me by, but i am not going to sweat it. i would rather be behind the times than have a disconnected marriage or a disconnected relationship with God.
Lord, i am sorry for the times i have put calls, messages, emails, and work ahead of you and my family. i desire more quiet time to connect with you and the people i love. Amen.