Who is holding your attention?

I have been reading through some headlines this evening and wondering why somethings are deemed newsworthy:

Hooters girls fired for weight?

How Sammy Sosa changed his skin color again.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s government ordered Internet services to block Facebook over “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,”

Megan Fox dropped from third ‘Transformers’

Miss USA to Behar: Pole-dancing pictures were all in fun


It is amazing the type of information that fights each day for our attention.  We are bombarded through the airwaves and cyberspace with data and communications vying for our time and attention.  It is staggering the amount of time we dedicate towards updating ourselves and our “friends” (some of whom we have never actually met).  I have to ask one question, “What activity or activities has the information age and the social networking age replaced in our lives?”

The days are still 24 hours

  • Most of us are required to work at least 8 hours
  • We need to sleep somewhere between 5-8 hours of each day (some of you require more)
  • We commute
  • We eat
  • We have families
  • We have church
  • We watch television
  • We………………….

Are you a slave to your Blackberry or iPhone?  If you’re like me, it is your alarm clock.  You are checking texts, emails, twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and voicemail within the first 30 second of each day.  We multitask during meals, we answer emails in the restroom and we consistently search for more ways to communicate.  There has been a exponential increase in our ability to communicate and share information, but for many of us the price has been a cheapening of our communication.  How much can you really say in 160 characters or less?  I have an acquaintance with several thousand Facebook friends and he is always communicating.  What is the practicality of any depth of communication or relationship on that level?

  • Do we spread ourselves too thin in an attempt to connect? 
  • What, if any, has been the impact of our modern age upon our relationship with God?
  • Are we praying without ceasing?
  • Are we straining at the gnat and swallowing the camel?
  • Is our attempt to mass communicate a cover-up for an inner ache of loneliness?
  • Are we searching for meaning in human connections instead of finding fulfillment in the One who can make our joy full?  (John 15:11)

Am I anti- internet, social media, etc.  Not at all.  I use it for personal, work and for ministry.  However, it can be extremely addictive and rob us of essentials if not prioritized correctly in our lives.  Let’s turn to the scriptures:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:30-31)

Jesus Christ must always be priority one.

  • Our relationship with Him is paramount
  • Prayer
  • Praise
  • Study of the Word
  • Our service to Him

I am going to keep this one short.  I have written tonight not to discourage the use of technology nor the connection with people.  I have written to you because there are many voices in this world and they are all fighting for your attention and as a believer in Christ our highest priority must be our time with Him.

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!  That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height, I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air, “Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”  (William Walford)

Share your life and your faith with any and all who will listen, but do not let anything distract you from or rob your time with the Father.

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