Friday, March 11 / Day 9  

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:1-2

“Technology addiction refers to the    uncontrollable urge to use technology to the point that it starts to interfere with the individual’s mental, physical, and  social life. This can be in forms of social media, internet surfing, video games, online gambling, and other related acts.”1

Today, ask yourself if technology is   taking up too much room on your plate. Are there ways technology has moved from enriching your life to distracting or numbing you?

Technology can be wonderful. I have  reconnected with childhood friends on Facebook, and love the convenience of my iPhone. Our church benefits from having live-stream and a YouTube   channel, two things we never thought we would need.

But there is a dark side. Have you ever sat at a gathering where everyone is playing with his or her phone rather than engaging in conversation? Children play games on their tablets rather than going outside with friends. You now can access anything you want on the Internet—if you have an addiction to pornography, gambling, or shopping, you do not even have to leave the house to indulge.

We are told in Hebrews to throw off  everything that distracts and the sin that entangles. Do you use technology well, or do you mindlessly scroll for hours? Or has it completely entangled you? Would you be embarrassed if someone found out how much time you spend or what you look at on the Internet?

How can you glorify God with your use of technology, making sure you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?

1What is Technology Addiction, and What Harmful Effects May It Bring? (addictionresource.com)

To Think/Pray About Today

Has technology become too big in your life? In what way can you scale back? What do you need to completely stop doing?

Prayer Focus: Cedarville Post Office

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