DAILY DEVOTIONALS 2.19 THRU 2.24


Going Deeper …

 

 

 

Scripture Readings for the Week:

 

Isaiah 58; Romans 15:1-6; Galatians 6:1-10

I asked Google this week what the world population is projected to be by the end of 2018.  According to the world population clock we will be at 7.6 billion people by the end of this year. Since none of us walks the exact same path as any other human being that means there will be 7.6 billion different stories walking around.  Some are being told while others of them are waiting to be told.  They are stories filled with joy, love, peace, hope, comfort as well as pain, loss, suffering, and insecurity. What fascinates me and is relevant to this week’s message is the way in which we share our story with the world.

 

For generations, story-telling was an oral event.  Archaeologists found a piece of Sumerian stone from the Bronze Age and they believe it to be the oldest written text dating back to about 2600BC.  It took humans awhile to develop the written word thus for a long time, human stories were told in oral form.  Fast forward to 2018.  With the invention of the smartphone and social media sites like Facebook, the art of sharing our stories has dramatically changed.  Some would say that we are in the process of losing our ability to interact with one another face to face.  Some might say that we have lost this!

 

The church is caught in a dichotomy when it comes to this.  We have a need to be cutting edge when it comes to communication.  We are trying to take advantage of all the latest and greatest tools to aid in getting the word to you and others.  We also value human connection and interaction thus we try to balance electronic communication with the promotion and valuing of interpersonal engagement.  One thing that is quite apparent and the lesson we need to learn is when to use electronic communications and when to have discipline, self-control.

 

I pray that this week’s reading of the scriptures, the reflections, and the questions will be a guide and inspiration as you wrestle with the balance between social media and the discipline of self-control.  I also pray that God bless the reading of God’s Word and the meditations of your heart.

 

 

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

 

Monday

Who are you in conflict with and how do you use electronic communications to manage the conflict?  Who are you longing to sit and visit with face to face?

 

 

Tuesday

What is important to you that you should communicate face to face?  What do you believe is an appropriate use for social media?

 

 

Wednesday

When do you avoid face to face communication?  When are you best at communicating in person?

 

 

Thursday

Where do you go to have a personal conversation with God? A friend? A loved one or spouse?

 

 

Friday

How do you balance social media and the discipline of interpersonal engagement?

 

 

Saturday

I wonder if Jesus would use social media.  My personal bias says “no” because Jesus interacted with people face to face.  But does that make social media wrong?  NO.  It is how we use it that goes wrong and thus the invitation to fast from it so that you might feast on self-control.  What two ways will you commit to keeping as an act of fasting from social media?

 

 

 

 

Daily Prayer

 

Gracious God, today I hear your invitation to fast from social media so that I might feast on self-control.  Reveal to me the ways in which social media has power in my life.  Help me to be realistic about its effect on me emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  I ask that you create in me an appetite for self-control so that I might invest more in human interaction than in electronic means.  Help me to share and to listen to others so that we might encourage and lift up the body of Christ.        Amen.

 

 

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