We have been without Internet for about two weeks… Can I just say my dependence on Internet and other technology kinda makes me sick?
I kept thinking about how I needed to blog, and tweet, and update my Facebook, and email so-and-so, and post pictures for the kids’ grandparents, and call my mom (our phone runs through the Internet connection)…
Instead I worked on housework, played on the floor with my kids, and magically had time to read my Bible and pray each day! Imagine that!
John Piper addresses TV and Internet in his book Don’t Waste Your Life, which is a great (and highly convicting read!) This excerpt is taken from Chapter 7, Living to Prove He is More Precious Than Life:
Oh, how many lives are wasted by people who believe that the Christian life means simply avoiding badness and providing for the family. So there is no adultery, no stealing, no killing, no embezzlement, no fraud-just lots of hard work during the day, and lots of TV and PG-13 videos in the evening (during quality family time), and lots of fun stuff on the weekend-woven around church (mostly). This is life for millions of people. Wasted life. We were created for more, far more.
Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up…A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels…
How do you keep your TV and Internet time in check?