Do You Serve Technology or Does it Serve You?

technologyTechnology has opened up a new world to those with illness or disabilities, but it can also distract us or allow us to block out the world too long. Karlton explains.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

I enjoy technology. There are so many good things about it, and much good that it can do. Yet I also see its dangers, the problems it can cause, and how easily it can take over our lives.

The idea that we can carry around an entire library of books in our pocket fascinates me. Access to nearly every Bible version ever made at my fingertips is a great blessing.

Being able to quickly contact friends and family who are hundreds or even thousands of miles away is amazing. And having the answer to nearly any question we could think of merely a search away is astounding.

Yet for all the good things technology brings us, especially those of us who have disabilities, there is a downside to all this technology.

Constant alerts from smartphones distract us, clamoring for our attention. Phone calls and text messages invade our lives. Social media places demands upon us to present our best face to the world. We can quickly begin to feel that we are living inside of a bubble with the entire world hovering over our lives.

The daily challenge is to take this gift of technology and use it wisely. It can be a blessing or a curse depending upon how we use it and how we manage it from day to day. It can clutter and lay claim to our daily lives or it can serve us and be confined to areas of blessing and even aid us in our walk with the Lord.

Brothers and sisters, make technology serve you. Be its master! Do not let it overtake or rule your life. It can be a blessing or a curse, depending upon whether you use it or it uses you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for technology, help us to always use it wisely. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has had a lifelong fascination with technology, and desires to always make good use of it, and not allow it to control him.

Do you use technology as you wish or does it control your life?

This is the song “Greater” with MercyMe. I almost didn’t share it because I have in the past and I don’t like to repeat songs very often. But it is late. I am so very weary. I have so many things left to do, yet they are all online. And after re-reading Karlton’s devotional, I am going to post this and then go to bed. I need rest. I need some silence. I am taking Karlton’s advice and applying it tonight. Hope this song blesses you as it does me. Hugs, -Lisa

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