Well, it’s one of those weeks where Thursday evening rolls around and I realize I haven’t saved any links to share with you (except for doses of adorable; I found lots of those but don’t want to cause an overdose). Am I the only one who is becoming rather bored with the internet? The news is always bad, and anything other than news is, well, also bad, just in other ways. Blogs are a dime a dozen (nope, this one is no exception) and if I’m honest, I’ve become greatly disillusioned with many of the ministries I’ve followed over the years. Everyone seems to be saying the same thing over and over again and, in my opinion, many sites are saying things they just shouldn’t be saying. At least not out loud.
All of this just makes me think of how important it is for us to be living real life instead of living life behind a computer screen. It’s like the parents who spend more time taking pictures and videos of their children than they do actually living in the moment with their children. Sure, you’ll have a recorded “memory,” but if you haven’t really lived it, it’s more like a television rerun than a personal recollection.
If we spend all our time on the internet, reading about controversies we cannot control, or worse, manufacturing controversies so we can get involved and have our voices heard, are we really living life? Or are we creating a life behind the screen that’s more amenable to our sensibilities than the one outside our door? If we’re presenting one personality on social media, but exhibiting another with our families, which one is real? In my opinion, it’s time to re-examine our priorities, our screen time, and our motivations. I just feel like too much internet—whatever that means for you—puts us in danger of failing to remember Paul’s encouragement in Philippians 4:
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
So, where does that leave us right now? For this week, it leaves us with a rather abbreviated week in review (kind of):
- What exactly is legalism?
- This looks interesting.
- What can we learn from Sarah?
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Meet Ayako Miura.
- For those prone to forget (hey, that’s me!).
- This sounds like a delicious class.
Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us.Philippians 3:12-17