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Tuesday, October 13th 2009

4:35 PM

Technology: who's really in control?

Ever wish you could go back to a simpler time? A time when technology didn't run our lives for us? A time when family time consisted of playing games, telling story's and just spending quality one-on-one time with each other?

Not when it consists of watching TV, playing on the computer or talking on the phone?

Many times (this will sound stupid, but it's the truth) I wish I could have been born in 1880. You may ask, "WHY? Everything had to be done by hand then, they didn't have dishwashers or washers and dryers." and I will admit, you are right.

But back then, though those chores had to be done, the children knew no other way. They were not lazy like so many children (many times including myself) have become accustomed to today.

Instead of watching TV or playing video games, they would play outside, or bake or read together. Families still had their moments, but they were more dependent on each other, then anything else.

They didn't have Facebook, or Twitter, or Myspace to take up their day. The children were handy. They could sew, or cook, or hunt and chop wood. They could hitch up wagons and ride into town on their own. But today, most children cant even step outside without the fear of being hit by a car.

I'm not saying our life today is bad, I'm just saying, what happened to the old fashioned way of living? Whenever I see someone who makes their own bread, plants and raises their own food, whether meat or fruits and veggies, I admire them!

Not because they are learning how to save money, but because they are being dependent on God to supply them with their needs.

In my life, technology often takes the wheel. And whenever that happens, I'm sure to crash. Whether it's by spending WAY too much time online, watching hours of endless TV and movies, or playing game after game on the xbox. Either way, we think we are in control of the technology, but the truth is, it's in control of us!

This video Joshua Harris posted on his Facebook page the other day, really hit a nerve. It's called "
Self-Control in a Wired World"



I couldn't help but laugh when I saw it, because, it seriously reminded me of myself. It always starts out at "Just checking my email" and then gets out of control, and soon, I'm forgetting anything and everything that I SHOULD be doing, instead of playing on the computer.

In many places with my life, I lack the self-control I need, to stay focused on what I should be doing, instead of playing online, watching TV or playing video games. But I pray, that God will strengthen me enough, and help me to fix those issues in my life.


  Proverbs 25:28

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”

5 Comment(s).

Posted by Christian:

I will say it struck a chord here to, I mean I have so many times told my self just one more level, or one more what ever. I also sort of thought it was ironic that I saw it online.
Now I must say that I think going back to 1880 would be a big set back. You told about the bad side of the gift of technology, but totally left out the huge benefits. While some look at time and work savers as a way to have less work and more time, others look at them as a way to get more work done. I can never help thinking of what Paul would have done with the internet at his fingertips. So like all great gifts technology can be abused (and is) but that does not mean we should try for 1880. I love writing on a computer, and printers are awesome. I am so glad I live right now.

Chip
Tuesday, October 13th 2009 @ 8:40 PM

Posted by Alesia:

Too true. My moms business depends on the internet to be a success. Without the internet, she would have no job, I'd have no boss, and I would loose my horses. Like you said, technology is abused, but we depend on it for so many reasons. I don't necessarily mean we should all turn to 1880 and use that as a way of living, I just needed a good time line to compare the before and after life with technology =D

God Bless!
Alesia
Tuesday, October 13th 2009 @ 9:12 PM

Posted by Carolyn:

Hey Alesia! Thanks for the blog comment. I really admire your conviction and the way you're limiting your technology consumption. :) Love the verse you posted here too. Good stuff. :) Grace & peace.
-Carolyn
Wednesday, October 14th 2009 @ 10:03 AM

Posted by Alesia:

No, don't apologize. Anyone would have done that. Besides, I always love to hear peoples opinions, no matter that angle they come from =)

God Bless
Alesia
Thursday, October 15th 2009 @ 10:08 PM

Posted by Nya:

Haha sis we were jsut talkin bout this a few days ago! I luv ya!

Luv Always,
Nya <3
Wednesday, October 21st 2009 @ 12:13 PM

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