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Has Technology Become an Idol?

I hate being interrupted, especially from something I deem important. “Mom look at this!” My daughter says from across the room. I glance up from my phone and mumble “just a minute”. I return to reading a blog about being intentional through Christ. I only have a few sentences left. “Mom!” she repeats.

I’m reading a Christian blog so that should be my priority) right? Shouldn’t God always be my priority? Or should I watch my daughter try to do the splits for the 15th time today?

Technology has become an obsession for many. It can be uncomfortable for some to go to the bathroom without a cell phone because the thought of sitting for a mere 90 seconds without scrolling through Instagram or checking text messages could seem like such a waste. I can relate.

How do I ignore feelings of guilt because of spending time on my phone or computer when my daughter is around? I justify it by reading Christian blogs or surfing Faith-filled memes. I realize I’m attempting to justify my behavior. The content may be healthy, but the fact that I know I am making excuses is a problem. I’m twisting faith for my convenience. I’m making it mean whatever works for me.

Christ spoke to my heart recently and revealed that He is not my priority in those moments – technology is. Exodus 20 verse 3 says that “you shall have no other god before me”. No other gods like blog posts, inspirational messages, or technology. What gods are you putting before Christ? Do you have any that you deem acceptable when in fact they need a second look? Ask God to make your priorities clear. Don’t let things like technology stand in the way of a relationship with Christ as you learn to live Wholly Loved.

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Why do I allow that which is loudest to rob me of what’s most important?

An alert on your phone catches your attention. You open Facebook or Instagram and have multiple notifications. Everything from advertisements to party invitations to comments on posts you’re following. It never ends.

In the social media driven world we live in, God doesn’t send us a Facebook message or email. How does He get our attention? We have to be purposeful in seeking God and allowing His presence to fill our spirit.

There are times when I have 10 or 15 minutes to spare and I spend them reading a post about weight loss or make-up tips or something that adds little value to my life. What would happen if I spent those few minutes reading His Word, the Bible?

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”

When I spend time in God’s Word the Bible I gain a renewed sense of purpose in Christ. I feel energized and alive – like I’m on a spiritual high. I want more. A few minutes doesn’t satisfy my craving. I’m addicted. However, the opposite is also true. The longer I go without reading my Bible and spending time with Christ through prayer, the more quickly I forget how good it is. It becomes too easy to put off.

The next time you have a few minutes to spare, try spending it in the Word instead of on social media as you learn to live Wholly Loved.

Want to develop the habit of reading your Bible daily but don’t know how or where to start? This website, with numerous daily reading plans, might help: Back to the Bible

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