God…can you hear me now?
A high priority in our daily walk with God should be taking time to communicate with Him. In this modern world of technology, communication gadgets, and information overload, we have to make sure that we don’t let our relationship with God get squeezed out. Technology is a neutral thing that can be harmful or beneficial in our walk with God, depending on how well we manage it’s use and impact in our daily lives.
I admittedly have allowed the various forms of media to take me down paths away from God because I allowed the wordly views and cultural appeal that can be found there to influence my thinking. It’s easy to get caught up in all the “fun stuff”. Even when the appeal has not been necessarily something that should hinder my relationships, I have let the entertainment of it gobble up large portions of my time. It’s easy to get caught up in playing a fun computer game for hours at a time, days at a time because of the addictive fun. When our media gadgets start to crowd out our time with God, however, and to shuffle our priority list…..it’s time for a Reality Check.
God is all about communication, gaining of knowledge, and connecting with others in rich and fulfilling ways. Today, more than ever, we have tools at our fingertips to easily access information and to connect with the world around us. Online, I have found numerous bible study aides, as well as Christian blogs, videos, and social sites that have encouraged me, inspired me, increased my knowledge of God and connected me with other believers. Knowing how easy it is to fall prey to wrong influences and distractions, I try to navigate through these pathways keeping in mind that I should focus on those things that would honor and please Him. I try to gaurd my time and priorities carefully.
I believe God can richly bless us through the medium of modern technological communication. At the end of the day, however, we should assess if we have been good stewards of how we have used our resources. It’s not enough to ask ” God, can You hear me now?”……but rather “God, can I hear You now?”
This post is linked to Women Living Well Media Mondays