Is It Really THAT Important?
I am a tech junkie. Kind of. It’s not that I have to get the newest, latest and greatest gear, but I am addicted to my tech. There’s always a TV on in my house, a phone in my pocket, and I’m looking up something or playing a game on my computer. I used to read a lot more. I went outside and for walks more often than I do now, but thanks to my technology and fascination with it, I’m more homebound and glued in to my tech than I should be. Like many things in life, I had a moment (today) when I had to stop and ask myself: is it really THAT important? Should I be constantly glued to the phone, or tv, or internet? Isn’t there more to life than this?
The problem is that it’s not just technology that drags us away from what we should be doing. It’s ANYTHING that drags us away from our purpose. And what is our purpose? To love God with all that we are, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus says that all of the law and prophets hinge upon these two, and together, these make up the great commandment. In a world where we grow bold behind our screens yet are cowards face to face, we need to look at all the distractions (not that any of them have to be bad, mind you), and honestly evaluate our lives, and wonder if we’re spending too much time chasing things that we can give up, and not enough time focusing on loving God completely, and using that love to love our neighbors as He does. Is what you’re doing really that important? Does it matter if you make a little extra money, get your car clean on this particular Saturday, or pursue your hobby an extra hour? What is most important is accomplishing the Great Commandment. After that, God will set our priorities in order.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.