The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Following God... Progressively

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”  Albert Einstein 

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful.  “All things are lawful,” but not all things build.  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.  1 Corinthians 10:23-24
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

Technology:  “the use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

We live in a progressive world.  By that I mean, we live in a world that is progressing towards new things.  New technologies, new ideas, and even new lifestyles.  How should a Christian respond to progression?  As Christians we often fear new things.  We fear them because we have to make judgements on them.  For the most part we don’t question whether we should use technologies like automobiles, or telephones, or medicine.  Those things have already been determined as good and acceptable things to use in our lives.  As long as we use them judiciously and wisely.  What about Facebook?  Or twitter?  Or smartphones and all that comes with them?  When should our kids gain access to them?  How do we protect our children, society, and selves against the negative aspects of the internet?  Like most things, the internet, smartphones, technology in general, is morally neutral.  It’s not about the internet.  It’s not about how connected we are to social media.  Salvation and righteous living is not about technology, or computers, or oil for that matter.  It’s about our response to those things.  How we use them.  How they affect our lives.  How they influence our minds.  Like language, the new things in life can be uplifting or degrading depending on their use.  It’s not a sin for a twelve year old to have an iPhone.  It’s not a sin to have a bunch of friends on Facebook.  It’s not a sin to purchase a new computer.  Neither is it good to give your child unlimited access to all that is wrong with society.  Or to slander friends in front of a thousand people on social media.  Or to use a new computer to ruin yours or someone else’s life.  Technology is not always good or useful, and it doesn’t always solve problems.  Often it creates more problems than it ever solves.  There are some kids that shouldn’t drive at 16.  Just like there are some who should never have a computer.  Then again, we can praise God for the advantages He’s given us.  Where would missions be today if we refused to fly on the latest airliners?  The internet gives us the ability to inject a positive message into millions, if not billions of lives from a single desk.  Progression now, just like at every other step of the world, doesn’t have to be scary.  With it comes opportunities to change lives for the better.  With it comes the opportunity to live out God’s purpose for our lives.  With it can come the Gospel.  Most objects aren’t inherently evil.  It’s what we choose to do with them that determines their cause.  So the question is not whether that new technology is good.  The question is, what good can come from it through our actions?  In every situation, in every experience, in every device, there is always a way to follow God. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,