As I embark on this 8 week series titled “Media Mondays“, I have committed to logging my hours on the computer. For the next 8 weeks, I want to live consciously. I want to be aware of how many hours I spend each day on the computer and what in the world am I doing on here? lol! I have a goal of no more than 3 hours a day on-line, which includes drafting my blog posts, social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blog hopping, watching Youtubes or answering emails.
As I step back and look at the media saturated world we live in, I see a commonality. We are a distracted generation. Beeps and chimes make us respond like Pavlov’s dogs! No matter where we are – in the grocery store, church, the middle of dinner or even driving – these chimes make us pick up our cell phone or run to our computer. We hope that something there will make us laugh, give us meaning, makes us feel loved or be that really important piece of information that changes our lives.
Media is a-moral. In and of itself – it is neither good nor evil. It is our use of it that determines it’s morality. Because there is no mention of this technology in the Bible we must leave room for each believer to discern and follow their convictions on their use of media.
But let me mention a few concerns I have.
1. The iPad, iPod, and iPhone can distract us away from the Great I AM. For nearly 20 years, I have woken early in the morning for prayer and Bible meditation – but over the last few years I feel this tug toward my computer in the mornings. I have trouble being still and lingering over the tall glass of refreshing water that the Living Word is! Rather than sipping it slowly, meditating, praying it over my family and friends, I gulp it down because I can hear the chimes – and I know over night things have happened on-line. Once I am on-line the private meditation and conversation that I have with the Great I Am, comes to an end.
2. While God speaks to me on-line through Godly men and women – our generation suffers from information overload. As we seek wisdom on-line (and what a joy it is to connect with amazing men and women of faith!) may we never exchange wisdom for information. Unless we take the time to really contemplate what we are learning, write it down, pray over it, and live it out – much of the information we read will be lost quickly out of our minds as we continue to read more information. We need time for pause, processing and serious consideration. This may mean reading less on-line or choosing just a few voices we listen to so we can take the time to live out what we have learned.
3. We are a speedy and efficient generation. Multi-tasking has become a virtue. But when it comes to our quiet time this is NOT a time to be efficient! We do not want to speed through a 2 minute devotional. We need to give God quality and quantity time.
Tim Challies writes in The Next Story:
We need to be Christians who take time to give sustained focus to one thing – the worship of the living God. He does not call us to sudy his Word or to worship him more efficiently. God calls us to read his Word meditatively, to give it the time and attention it needs – the attention we need – if the Word is to pierce “to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentinos of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
4. Beware – though media seems free it costs you something precious – TIME! Media is designed to pull you in – to make you feel some sort of emotion – “buy me, try me, watch me“. It persuades us. It molds us. It changes our thinking. Let me be honest – It has caused a time famine in my life. And this baffles me because everything around me is SO efficient. My dishwasher washes my dishes while my laundry machines wash and dry my clothes. My car gets me places quickly and my grocery store places chicken in plastic wrap and fruits and vegetables galor can be purchased (rather than me having to raise the chickens or fruit/vegetables). So why do I have this famine of time? I can only attribute it to the time I’ve spent on media – hence the reason that I will be logging my hours for the next 8 weeks.
Have we forgotten the power of the “i” – not the iPad, iPhone or iPod but of the GREAT I AM?
I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35ESV
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14;6
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Could our generation be missing out on time with the Great I AM because of the distractions from the iPads, iPods and iPhones?
What is the draw to media for you? Is it for information, wisdom, tips and tutorials, entertainment, connection or other reasons? And what good or bad effects has it had on your walk with God?
Join the discussion: I invite you to leave a comment in the comment section or if you are a blogger – write a post about Media and Your Walk With God, include the Media Mondays button and then link up below. I look forward to hearing from you all and I will be visiting as many link-ups as I can (within my 3 hours a day limit 🙂 )