“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
How much we use technology speaks more about who we are than we realize. We can look into the habits of others and begin to understand a little bit about how they cope, how they celebrate, and how they connect best with others. But in those observations it is easy to judge. One mom judges another mom for being on her phone at the park instead of playing with her kids. A co-worker judges the person next to them when they see them on the internet instead of working. The church judges another church for using methods that are “too flashy,” believing the use of technology in worship is ungodly.
Here’s the deal, guys. We all have different levels of tech engagement, but we are never given permission to judge another person for theirs. Our job, as outlined in the Bible, is to “remove the plank from our own eye.” That is what we will do today, lest we be caught sitting in the judge’s seat sentencing another.
1.) Make a list of all the technology you use in a week. This includes your phone, games, specific apps if needed, music, television, computer, audio books, etc. Spend time reflecting and ask the Holy Spirit to bring them to your mind.
2.) Take an honest assessment of how often you use each of these. This includes quick glances at your phone at stoplights, school pick-up line, and even (gross) the bathroom. Add up the amount of minutes/hours a day you spend on technology.
3.) Sit with your list and release it in prayer to God. Ask Him to speak to you about the areas that need to be peeled back and what things you may need to quit altogether. How does He feel about the use of your time? Let a conversation happen naturally, and journal what He says.