Modern Technology

November 25, 2017
by Rosemary Hagedorn

Last week as my husband was vacuuming his bedroom, a gust of wind blew through the open patio door and slammed shut his bedroom door so hard that the pictures on the living room wall on the other side came crashing down. One picture landed on the telephone outlet, and the force of it broke the wire that supplies my high-speed Internet connection. In the blink of an eye, I was shut off and disconnected from the rest of the world. It is truly amazing how much we rely on modern technology.

The other morning, I was looking after my two grandchildren until they had to walk to the corner to catch the school bus. Katen, age ten, was playing a dress-up game on her mother's iPad, and Carter, age seven, was playing a free game that he had installed on my iPad. When I asked them if playing on the iPad is all that they do, Carter replied, "To keep kids occupied, all they need is technology."

I had to chuckle to myself at his answer, but at the same time, I wondered if we are losing the ability to use our spare time wisely. Whatever happened to reading, talking to each other face-to-face (rather than texting), playing outdoor games with our friends, and formulating new and exciting things within our minds?

I have to admit that I'm also at fault. Instead of doing something constructive, I often find myself playing a game on my iPad, which sometimes turns into an hour or two.

I thought about how this is like our Christian walk. If we fail to spend time with our heavenly Father, we break our connection with Him. Yet, it's not God Who breaks the connection; you and I do.

Do you feel all alone and disconnected from God? God can bring you back and lead you in the right direction.

Psalm 25:9 – He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way. (NASB)

Prayer: Lord God, You formed us so that we can create beauty and do amazing things to help our fellow human beings. Modern technology is wonderful and needed, so long as it is used for the good of mankind. Help us to choose wisely and to discern between the good and the evil. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Rosemary.


    Amen Rosemary!


    Good morning Rosemary:
    Thank you for this morning’s devotional. It spoke to me!
    Blessings.


    Rosy, when my internet gets shut down I panic.
    And I always know when I am not connected properly to the Lord.
    Right on with this one!


    Yes, Rosemary, technology has spoiled us, but the Good News is still being preached and shared online, the Daily Devotional is just one example. Thanks for writing. Blessings.


    Very well said. I have often thought that the quickest way to disable the country would be by disabling the satellite stations. Probably the quickest way to disconnect from God is to continue to depend on our electronic gadgets instead of the bible. Thank you for sharing.


    That line ‘the trouble with doing nothing is we cannot stop and rest’, is similar to having my PSW here before a long weekend saying so what are you going to do for the weekend and I reply that Well since we are over 80 we are like “what does a dog do on his/her day off?“ and since a dog and us has every day off it does not matter about days off or long weekends.
    (ON)


    Good morning Rosemary: As usual I enjoyed your devotion.
    I, too, have a computer and am hooked to the internet and face book etc.
    And far too often, because ”I’m alone, is my excuse”, I find myself playing a game on my computer.
    I have been pondering lately if maybe I use the excuse “I need to keep busy” so the loneliness isn’t so severe; rather than allow the blessed Holy Spirit of God, to comfort in His way, rather than me trying to do His job for Him.
    I thought I’d share something that the Lord has brought to my attention: Romans 12:1&2, has given me a lot to think about lately.
    God Bless you, I appreciate your devotions very much.


    Dear Rosy,
    I have not owned or used an ipad!
    I don’t know what I’m missing, but I’m happy without it, and busier than ever in my life.
    I pray that people will balance their lives with more contacts with the living God. And connect with living human beings with sound and sight and faces.
    Are there many ways to contact Biblical scripture and Christian programming on the ipad?
    May God continue to bless you and many others through your writing of Christian devotions. Amen.

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