There is so much more to life than BlackBerrys and iPads.
(Note: Parts of this article have been updated from the original.)
| by Kirk Giles
When the first iPad was released in 2010, people stood in line for hours and hundreds of thousands of units were sold. It is somewhat fascinating to consider the lengths some people will go to obtain a square screen that you can push buttons on.
Technology impacts our lives every day, and to be honest, some technology is just plain fun. I enjoy my Xbox 360, my computer, TV and even my BlackBerry (at times).
It is amazing to consider how medical technology helps people heal so much faster than they ever did before, or how Internet technology allows me to communicate with my family so easily while I am travelling. The fact that you are reading this article is due, in part, to the advance of technology.
Obviously, there are dangers to technology. While we need to be aware of those dangers and understand how to deal with them, these dangers should not impede the positive uses for technology.
Perhaps the greatest danger with technology is when the technology starts to control you. Several years ago, there was a major electrical blackout that affected a large portion of Ontario and the eastern United States. For several days, I had to go without the use of my e-mail, computer or TV. Some people imagine this to be like heaven on Earth. I felt disconnected and frustrated. I was shocked at how dependent I had become on technology.
Then, something mysterious happened. I sat outside one night and, for the first time in a long time, I could see all of the stars light up the sky. There was no light pollution to block my view. I sat next to my kids and just stared and admired the beauty of God’s creation. In that moment, I realized how much my own reliance on technology had separated me from enjoying God and His beautiful handiwork.
In 1 Corinthians 6:12 we read, “‘Everything is permissible for me’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’—but I will not be mastered by anything.”
I will not be mastered by anything!
I am so grateful for technology. It allows us to communicate the message of Jesus to thousands of men every year. Technology has allowed me the opportunity to build and keep great memories with my family. However, make sure that you are not mastered by technology.
I want to challenge you to consider a fast from technology to see if it has control over your life. Take the time to reconnect with family or enjoy God’s creation. In my case, I was forced to fast from it—and I am so grateful for that. Don’t wait until a major blackout occurs to rediscover that there is so much more to life than all those cool apps on the iPad.
Kirk Giles is the president of Promise Keepers Canada. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel.
The article above was featured in the special July/August 2010 issue of SEVEN magazine.