I realize that is a dramatic title. But sometimes it sure feels that way.
I haven’t “blogged” in a while, but this morning I felt the need to share this. I am making an effort to be really transparent here. The world has enough of those hiding behind masks, so I am sharing the real stuff. Perhaps it can even help someone else out there.
I adore the Internet. It has made my ministry here at Simply Living For Him reach around the world. And that is a good thing. To hear from folks all over the world that my words somehow pointed them to Jesus is everything.
So I will continue to use it for good.
But there’s a dark side. Too much stuff. Just too much. It has distracted me more days than not. And not because of the usual just chatter that people get caught up in. I generally don’t. But the abundance of information. When is it too much?
For someone who can get anxious too quickly, I can see every stat out there on every single thing that can happen every single day. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. No, sometimes ignorance means you rely on God.
When I don’t know every single detail or have access to so much information, I operate out of much more faith. Because it is actually comforting to know that even with ALL of the information available to us these days, it doesn’t compare to what God knows. He knows so much more.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 5:8-9 NIV
There’s something about knowing too much that takes my eyes off of Jesus and squashes my faith. I’m not saying we should walk this world blindfolded, but do we have so much information we aren’t walking that line of walking in faith?
I am the type of person that can’t turn my brain off. I can turn over the same thoughts way too many times and often they snowball in my mind into even bigger thoughts. I have enough already in there without knowing every detail of everything going on everywhere at the moment. My mind just can’t handle it.
My soul was made to meditate on the word of God. My mind was made to be filled up on truth. But sometimes I find my mind turning over the things of this world far too often than I am turning over the truths of scripture.
The solution. I need to be intentional to stop. To allow the Spirit to control me. Not the flesh. Not to say, “I’m never using this phone again.” or, “I’m going on an Internet fast.” But to know my limitations. And then to think on the things of the Word more than the things of the world. Because when I do that, I don’t even desire to listen to the world, but to Him.
So while the Information Age may not be actually killing me (even though Steve will often point out that anxiety will harm me), it is for a fact killing my spirit. It steals from my time with the Lord. It steals my peace. It steals too much. The enemy came to steal but God gives me abundant peace.
I am choosing to not know everything these days. Because knowing God is more important than knowing everything.