Computers, ereaders, iphones, ipads, cell phones, electronic games. The list could go on and on of all the technology that has invaded our space. All these things are supposed to make our lives easier, faster, and simpler. But they seem to rob us of intimacy, create more frustration, and breach our privacy.
Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”
Some of these things become addictive and some people actually spend their entire day with a gadget. You see people texting while driving, texting while walking (both dangerous), or with a cell phone stuck to their head like it’s a third ear.
What did we do before all these so-called inventions were in our lives? We talked to people face to face, we sent a letter at the post office with a stamp on it, and we got junk mail in the mailbox instead of the inbox. And we survived.
All these technological inventions are wonderful to have and we all enjoy using them. However, the key is to manage their uses and not become overly dependent on them or let them steal too much of our time.
It’s important to have downtime in our day. After everything we are bombarded with during work, school, or running errands, it’s tempting to grab an electronic device for entertainment or relaxation, but that can be counterproductive. Our minds need a vacation.
To be still and know that He is God requires shutting everything off, reading His Word, and just listening. Enjoy the quiet, let your mind rest, and hear what God is saying.
You will be amazed at how refreshed you can be when no devices are running in the background of your life. Enjoy your technology, but don’t let it rule you.
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