As we’ve come to our third week in the Faith Hub: Where God and Technology Connect series, we have reached the point of taking it personal. The first week we looked at what the Bible has to say about faith and technology. Last week we continued the discussion with where the church fits in the picture. This week, we’re approaching how to balance our personal time with God and our personal time using technology and social media.
Time management is a complex subject because it is individually unique. What works for me may not work for you. What works for someone else may not work for me. There is no blanket solution that can be given that says: Spend X number of hours reading the Bible and praying and spend X numbers of hours using technology and social media, then you will have a complete balance of faith and technology. Your life will be perfectly balanced.
Many Christians recognize that social media and technology usage is becoming a predominant means of communication. As I pointed out last week, this is a GOOD thing. But some users have more trouble tuning out or turning off the social media than others. And sometimes God gets left out of the whole technological picture.
If you own a smartphone and use it for work, even only 4 hours a day, then you just might spend more time talking on the phone or texting or using apps, than you do eating meals.
If your work involves social media, then obviously more time will be spent using social media.
If you use your Ipad for work and you work 8 hours a day, then you most likely will spend more time using your Ipad than you will your Bible. Just the same as if you are a farmer and work 8 hours a day, you would use a tractor more than your Bible.
But I once knew a farmer who kept his Bible on his tractor with him. And every time he took a water break, he would open his Bible and read a few verses. At lunch time, he would prop it up on the steering wheel of the old John Deere and read a chapter while he was eating his lunch in the field.
This is why I wrote the post: 4 Fabulous Bible Apps I Recommend. Because I truly believe that either choosing to abstain from social media in totality, or overindulging in its use, is abusing a wonderful tool with which we’ve been entrusted in this century. So let’s not ditch the tablet or smartphone. Let’s be smarter than it is. How do we do that?
First, let’s give God the control of prioritizing our time and talents.
Maybe we could start by doing what the wise old farmer did. Maybe the Bible app should be on the front page of our device. Maybe determining to read my Bible first before checking email or Twitter or Facebook is the initial step in a balancing solution that will work for me.
To get us started this week, I have five questions to ask yourself to begin to determine your personal balance between faith and technology/social media usage.
- Have I established a priority list of daily activities?
- How much time daily do I spend using technology?
- How much time do I spend using social media?
- Where does my technology use connect with my faith?
- Have I prayed about this issue and do I feel that God is pleased with my current usage?
I know these are open questions that will require reflection. So I’m hoping you will reflect this week and come back next week as we continue to discuss balancing our personal faith with our technology and social media usage. In the mean time, would you leave a comment below answering this question:
Have you found it difficult to balance your faith and technology/social media usage? If so, why?