Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Who Has Time to Blog?

Obviously, I'm a novice at this blogging thing. Funny enough, I've started at least three posts that I needed to save and get back to- one of which was complete and took hours to write, but got deleted by mistake :( Each day, I've told myself that I would update it, only to be swamped by the work of the day. The next thing I know, a month has passed. Part of my dilemna is that I don't want to post something just to post something. I only want to speak if I actually have something to say. Admittedly, poor time management is one of my biggest weaknesses. But with a full-time job, church and ministry responsibilities and relational commitments, it makes me wonder- Who can possibly fit regular blogging into their schedule? It takes a serious time commitment! (I guess it might help if I actually owned a laptop- hint, hint to the elders at Epiphany Fellowship)

All jokes aside, I've found it helpful for my overall spiritual health to closely monitor the amount of time I spend online. With the endless links, blogs, youtube videos, myspace pages and message boards, it can be easy to spend hours online without even realizing it. Whenever I've done this, I've never felt like it was more helpful than hurtful in terms of drawing closer to God or cultivating heavenly-mindedness. Ephesians 5:16 instructs us in this regard:

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."

If our time online (or anywhere else) could be better spent doing something else, we would be wise to take heed to this verse and comply. The internet- like all of the good things that God providentially gives- makes a great servant but a cruel master. As we are mindful of these things, may God be glorified through the way we spend our time. If you really want to be convicted in this matter, check out Jonathan Edwards' sermon on Ephesians 5:16 called The Preciousness of Time

grace and peace,
shai

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, it is good to know you didn't just stop completely. Thank you for the sermon link also. You are a hero of mine shai linne.

Q. A. Jones said...

Amen! Been waiting a long time for that word! :-)

Q

Jenn said...

Thanks for this reminder. I've been having to really evaluate the time I spend online because you're right - It IS easy to click, click, click... blog to blog, site to site, etc. I've decreased my online time by quite a bit, but sometimes I feel not nearly enough. Again, thanks for this reminder.

Oh yea, hope you get that laptop, lol.

Grace and Peace.