No one would argue that in the last decade technology has made amazing advances or at least the contraptions are cheaper now so us common folk can afford them (“afford” in the general sense- to some this might mean using a credit card).

But I have noticed something about myself and others recently. We go to the grocery store but aren’t focused on buying food. We go to the beach, but aren’t relaxing. We cook, we shower, we clean, we shop, we talk, we write, we work but we do it all with half our attention, half our focus, half our passion, half our brain.  I board the bus while talking on the phone.  I  half heartedly tried to help a lady laying in the middle of the street while twittering! I have lunch with a friend but am texting other people.  I am in the car but can’t hear a friend talking hardly because I have the radio on. And even right now, I am eating lunch and blogging.  We read our Bibles with the TV on while cooking. 

I am not against multitasking. I am not against efficiency. I am not against doing more than one thing at a time.  I am female which means multi-tasking is my God-given gift. I am a nurse and would not survive if I couldn’t talk to more than one person at a time.

But we continue to add portals of entertainment to our already busy lives so that we can continue to stay connected to everyone and I wonder who is benefiting? Were we really that bad off without all the distractions of TV, movies, radios, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cell phones? I am not saying I want to go back to a different time. I am not saying staying connected with people far away is wrong. I am not saying the old days were the better days by any means.  I love this age we are living in.  I love following my sister on Twitter.  I love blogging. “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…” LOL.

But do we forget God when we are texting, talking, twittering, FBing? Do we forget how much we need to pray? Are we missing important details of our present/current lives because we are trying so hard to stay in contact with everyone and their mother?  Are we texting because we like feeling popular, needed, wanted, and appreciated?  Why do I keep my cell phone close by when I am praying?  Why?  If I wait 10 minutes before calling someone back, will it matter?  If I am so diligent to turn my phone off while I am sleeping, why can’t I turn it off while reading my Bible, praying, or working for the Lord?  Do I need to check Facebook while “listening” to my Pastor preach?  Do I need to break the law and text while driving?  Am I so undisciplined that I can’t say “No” to myself, my desires, my inklings? 

Can twittering honor God?  Yes.  Can Facebooking honor God?  Yes.  Can watching movies and TV honor God?  Yes.  Can texting honor God?  Yes.  And if I honor God by doing all those things at the same time, is there a problem?  No.  But if I am ignoring people, overlooking people, missing ministry opportunities because I am so focused on being everywhere else, am I honoring God?  No. 

For me, it may be idolatry to have my cell phone close by just in case someone needs to tell me where we are going to eat after church while I am reading my Bible and praying.  It may be very dishonoring and disrespectful to be on Facebook while my Pastor is bringing the Word of God. 

Honestly, go big or go home.  Meaning, be all here, or don’t be here at all.  Give God everything, or don’t give him anything.  My twitters, my facebook, my texts, my TV, my radio, my iPod, my shuffle should not trump the desperate needs of the people all around me. 

I wonder if this verse could pertain to me…James 4:4-6-You are like unfaithful wives having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vows to God! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that the scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit to be welcome with a jealous love? But He gives us MORE AND MORE GRACE!

God, thank You for Your grace! Thank You for teaching us to balance our lives with You at the top.  Thank You for helping us see what is truly important.  Thank You for Twitter, FB, texting, emails, iPods.  Thank You for these tools that will help us build your kingdom.  Thank You that while we are building our lives, we will not forget YOU! You are who we long for! You are who we really need. You are the reason I am even alive and so blessed.  Love you Lord!  AMEN.