Identifying More Idols


A few weeks ago I posted about food being an idol in my life. I have been conscious to try to break that sin, and I am making progress.

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God has convicted me of another idol in my life – electronics. Even though I use electronics for mostly good reasons, I do play games on my IPhone from time to time – when I should probably be doing something else. But that’s not all. The first thing I look at when I wake up is my IPhone. It’s only for a few minutes, to check the weather and email, but God deserves those first few minutes of my day.

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I ran across Psalm 135:15. It says, “The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.” That sure describes our culture today, doesn’t it? But Psalm 115:4-8 was even more convicting to me:

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and  they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” (Emphasis mine).

Isaiah 44:9-11 explains the folly of idolatry even further:

“All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.”

Our idols are not alive, but our God is more than alive. The Word of God is living (Hebrews 4:12), Jesus is the bread of life, (John 6:35) and living water (John 7:38).

It’s high time for me to put electronics (and everything else that has become an idol in my life) in their proper place. They are just tools. God is first in my life, more than worthy of my full devotion and attention.

Blessings on your day.

Scripture: OpenBible.info

Images: Google images

 

 

 

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“Good is the enemy of “Great”


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“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – Jim C. Collins

I was reminded of Jim Collins’ quote this week, “Good is the enemy of great.” I was reading the story of Mary and Martha, and was convicted.

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was busy. What she was doing was good. But Mary took advantage of the great thing, sitting at the feet of Jesus while he taught.  There are a lot of good things we need to do, our jobs, household chores, etc. But when we get “busy” and focus on these “good” things, sometimes the more important things suffer, like family time or our spiritual lives. The laundry can wait. People are more important.

I’m guilty of this. I’ve been very busy lately and have neglected family time and intense Bible study. My devotional time has been superficial, because I was distracted with all I was responsible for.

How can we prevent “good” from hindering the “great” in our daily lives? “What is important is seldom urgent,” Dwight D. Eisenhower often said, “and what is urgent is seldom important. The Eisenhower Matrix is one tool we can use to determine what is truly important, and what needs to be delegated or eliminated from our lives. The matrix is a business management tool, but can be used in all areas of our lives. Take a look at the matrix:

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The Matrix is divided into four quadrants to help you determine what is truly important, what can wait, what can be delegated or what or not at all important or useful.

Quadrant 1: Put tasks that are both important and urgent in this box. I include family time and my spiritual growth here.

Quadrant 2: Put important tasks in this box that can wait a while, but don’t put them off too long.

Quadrant 3: Determine what is not important, but urgent, and put those tasks in this box. Often these tasks can be handled by others.

Quadrant 4: Determine what is not important, and not urgent, and put those activities in this box. Perhaps some of these things can be eliminated from your life giving you room for the more important things in your life.

If you are also convicted that what is “great” has been usurped by what is “good” in your life, consider looking at this time management tool.

May your life be filled with what is truly important!

Sources used:

https://www.developgoodhabits.com/eisenhower-matrix/

https://www.biblegateway.com (English Standard Version)

https://images.google.com/

Thankfulness Day 24


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Almighty God,

Today we thank you for technology. Thank you for these brains you created to solve problems and create things. Thank you for the comforts these advances have provided us. Guide us to use technology to spread the precious Gospel.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Image: Google Images

A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY


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I’ve been absent from blogging for over a week due to traveling for the holidays. I will probably spend the next week getting caught up on everyone’s posts. I have missed my normal routines, and missed blogging, but it was so good to see family and enjoy the real meaning of Christmas.

Now that I have access to a computer and the internet again, it occurs to me how nearly every facet of our lives is touched by technology in some way. We had to work hard to avoid technology during Christmas.

That doesn’t mean I think technology is bad. I love technology. I don’t think I would have the patience to write if it weren’t for word processing. Phones, computers and other advances in technology have improved our lives in remarkable ways. I would not want to lose those advances.

But a break from technology can be such a blessing. There was a certain peacefulness to not checking email, and it was fun to spend time reminiscing and playing old-fashioned games (the kind without batteries). Simply enjoying the sunset and beauty of God’s creation with my parents was a wonderful experience.

Every now and then turning technology off can bring you peace and stillness. We all need that in this busy world.

Psalm 46:10a “Be Still and know that I am God.”

 

May you enjoy a peaceful day.

God in Technology


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I’m technically challenged. I had trouble moving from the VCR to the DVD player. Don’t get me started on this new Blue Ray thing. I can’t really tell the difference. And I’ll never understand how you get all that music in one of those itty-bitty IPods.

My son was not issued school books this year, he got an IPad instead.

The new cars with all these gadgets? Just more gadgets to get me confused when I’m driving. I want to keep it simple. I carry a mobile phone, but it’s not a smart phone. I like the old days when the phone bill was about $20 a month. I don’t need a camera on my phone, I already have a camera. And I have a computer at home. Don’t need one on my phone.

Speaking of computers, every year there is something bigger and better.  You can now take your computer anywhere. And there is so much to do on line!

  • Facebook? I try.
  • Blogging? I’m learning.
  • Twitter? What’s a hash tag?
  • Instagram? I have no idea.

Have you noticed how many hundreds of channels there are on cable TV? Seriously, can we really watch that much TV? And you can watch TV on your IPad. I’m so glad  I have a 3rd grader at home to help me with all these gadgets!

 

The world has become faster and more technical. Where is God in all this technology?

The Bible tells us God is everywhere.

Jeremiah 23:24

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?”

declares the Lord.

 “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

  

Colossians 1:17

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

That means God is also in technology; including the new IPhone, and the newer, faster computer. It just depends on what we use them for.

That DVD Player can show us godly movies. We can listen to Praise and Worship music on the IPods. I can place a call to a friend, even when I’m not at home. The cable TV brings worship services into the homes of many people.

I may struggle with technology, but I do know God will use technology for His purposes. By reading your blogs and writing my own blogs, I have met some of the most wonderful people that I would not have met without using technology. Many of these people are half way around the world. I am so grateful to have met you.

May you all be richly blessed through this thing called technology.