Media Series Wrap-Up
For the past 6 weeks, I have been linking up with Women Living Well’s Series called Media Mondays. This final week is a wrap-up of what we have learned from this venture together. The most important thing I have learned is that we need to be good stewards of how media impacts our lives, and we should always keep our focus…..
on God above!
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This is a new era of technology and - THE MEDIA - impacts many facets of our daily lives….
OUR WALK WITH GOD: 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. When our media gadgets start to crowd out our time with God and to shuffle our priority list…..it’s time for a Reality Check.
OUR MARRIAGES: In this day and age, the internet, texting, chat boxes, and other social outlets make it very easy to be enticed into being dissatisfied with our marriage partner or too busy/preoccupied to spend time on keeping our marriages strong and vibrant. We must make special effort to guard our marriage relationships.
OUR PARENTING: When recognizing the influence media has on our children and how much their world is bombarded with its messages, our responsibilities as parents become critical. It is good to become Web Aware as parents, and to empower our children with knowledge and discernment skills as they daily navigate the world of technology and media. It is also good to be aware of what and who they are being influenced by.
OUR HOMEMAKING: The Bible talks about the importance of being a woman who is diligent and faithful in running the affairs of her household. The internet has many tools and sites for ideas that can assist us in caring for, managing, and decorating our homes. We just need to be able to balance out time spent on the computer with time spent ”Get’n er done”.
OUR FRIENDSHIPS: Modern technology provides us with many valuable ways to keep in touch with friends and to nurture our friendships. We need to keep a proper perspective on reality vs the virtual world, and honor God in all our interactions with others, reflecting His love always.
OUR HEALTH: We have a responsibility to take care of our health. With so much information, there is really no excuse to not be able to become informed and to live a healthier lifestyle. (Body and Spirit)
Conclusion: I have enjoyed this exploration about the media and how it affects so many areas of our life. The media is here to stay as well as the virtual world. As Christians, we can gain a lot from such easy access to the media and it can be a tool that we can use to enrich us and help mature us as we strive to connect with other believers, and learn from other believers. We can be good stewards of these resources as long as we keep tabs on our priorities and our walk with God. Important to remember, is that God can bless us through media, but He still wants us to draw away from the distractions of life (including the media), and carve out that quiet time one on one with Him.
Prayer for How the Media Impacts You: May God always be your priority and focus. May the media be a tool that He uses to enrich and bless your life!