The internet stopped working a few minutes ago. As much as we have come to depend on the internet that might seem like an issue and if it continues for an extended period of time it might be. However, since I cannot waste time there now I decided to write so I am treating this as a blessing in disguise.
What about you? Are you dependent or even addicted to the internet and all its many bells, whistles, and distractions? How does this occurrence, if it does happen to you from time to time as well, affect you?
I know that I spend too much time “on the internet” browsing Facebook, twitter, checking email so this is just one more reminder to me that I need to limit the time I spend there just as I need to limit the time I watch TV, another time vacuum.
I know I am much more productive when I leave the TV off, close my browser, or at least the Facebook and twitter tabs and shut down my email program so why don’t I do it?
This reminds me of Paul in Romans where he describes the internal battle going on inside of him between knowing what is right to do and what is wrong but doing wrong anyway. His battle is much larger in that it is the one we all face between good and evil but I do see similarities.
The scripture I referred to is Romans 7:15-20 which says, For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
If you want a picture of this passage and you have seen The Lord of the Rings, think Smeagol/Gollum
and how his personality changes between good and evil. I believe that paints a very vivid picture of this battle we all face.
I know it is the best thing to do and will help me achieve so much more and be much more productive in whatever I am doing. I have heard the studies that the higher one rises in leadership the less TV they watch. There is a direct correlation. The internet is different but not that much. There are a lot of good activities and information available on the internet. There are good reasons to spend some time there to keep up with friends, news, and issues that are important to me. But, as in most things, too much is not good. It is bad.
I don’t have any grand illusions that me writing this will magically solve this issue for me. I suspect I will still wrestle with it as Paul was wrestling with not doing what he knew was right. It is not really a sin or is it?
We all get the same 24 hours each day.
If you were looking for a grand conclusion that resolves this conundrum I don’t have one to offer. Many of the words and thoughts I post here will not have a solution. They are not designed to. They are designed to share some of my thoughts and feelings and maybe get you to think yourself. This may or may not be an issue for you. I know it is for me. I am going to try to improve and be a better steward of my time. We will all be held accountable one day for what we did with the time God gave us.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments and let me know how you manage this yourself if you have. Do you think this is a sin? Let me know.
Until next time…
Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 3/11/2014