In today’s world of advancing technology, we are only as dumb as the device we are using. When we communicate, we no longer have “(sp?)” after ten words. We just use the spell check. If we want to use a bigger, more complex word, we just click on the thesaurus and get eight “smarter” versions of the “dumb” word that we originally picked. No one even sees our sloppy handwriting anymore, as everything is sent by facebook and text messages. When we make meals, we no longer have to rely on the 50 best recipes from our grandmother’s cookbook. We can simply go to allrecipes.com and type in the five ingredients sitting in our refrigerator. The smart site will create an elegant dish that is fit for Rachel Ray herself. If you are having trouble coming up with a snack for little Johnny’s class party, just type the theme into Pinterest and voila! When you take those Eiffel tower cheese and cracker creations into his teacher tomorrow, she will think that Martha Stewart is your new best friend.
The list could go on and on. Everything from making your own cleaning products to building a go-cart for your child can be easily done by watching a YouTube video. We are in a world of make-believe. Facebook allows you to be anything you want to be. By posting the perfect pictures (that you altered on Photoshop), you can look great. By only posting choice comments and experiences, you can appear positive and brave, lonely and critical, victimized and abused, or social and thrilled to be alive. Hundreds of people see the “modified” you every day, but only a few truly know who you really are.
We “borrow” knowledge day after day, whether it is to appear smarter or whether it is to accomplish a task with greater ease. We rarely go a day using our own heads to work through responsibilities and to complete chores. So my question is this: Why do we try to rely on our own wisdom to address our spiritual issues? We struggle with grief, anger, loneliness, jealousy, and guilt in our marriage and our friendships. We feel lost when it comes to our purpose and identity. We feel powerless to change anything about ourselves. If the 463 friends we have on facebook knew about our issues, what would they think?!?
It’s time to get real. It’s time to begin addressing these hidden blemishes in our reflections and make some changes. But how? There isn’t an App for that. However, there is a verse for that. How about going back to Scripture? Yes, it’s old-fashioned. It’s waaay last century. Nevertheless, it is tried and true. It works – every time! Truth will never have “bugs” or need updates installed. The only “power surge” you will experience, is in your heart and life. God has promised to meet every need and to direct our every step. Use His wisdom to make your life more “user friendly.”
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2014. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp54p04-25-14