Saturday, March 18, 2023
Thoughts from the Heart - The Blessing and Curse of Modern Technology
The constant notifications, alerts, and messages that come with cell phones and modern technology can easily lead to an addiction to distraction. When we're constantly checking our phones and responding to messages, we can become disconnected from the present moment and the people around us. This can be detrimental to our relationship with God, as it's difficult to hear His voice when we're constantly distracted by technology.
Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT reminds us to stay focused on what's important: "Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil."
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment and aware of our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. Cell phones and modern technology can make it difficult to be mindful, as they often encourage us to multitask and be in several places at once. This lack of mindfulness can prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God's presence in our lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT encourages us to be mindful and present in every moment: "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
Solitude and silence are essential for deepening our relationship with God. When we're constantly surrounded by noise and stimulation, it can be difficult to find moments of quiet and stillness to connect with God. Cell phones and modern technology can make it difficult to disconnect from the noise of the world and find the solitude and silence we need to hear God's voice.
Psalm 46:10 NLT reminds us to be still and know that God is God: "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."
Cell phones and modern technology can be both a blessing and a curse. While they can help us stay connected and productive, they can also distract us from what's truly important in life – our relationship with God. By practicing mindfulness, seeking solitude and silence, and staying focused on what's truly important, we can stay connected to God in a world that's constantly vying for our attention. Let us not forget the words of Romans 12:2 NLT, which reminds us to not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds: "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."