Topic 4 of 5 – Contentment
I would suggest that being content is the biggest challenge for anyone who frequently uses technology. If we looked beyond technology we would quickly see that it also plagues the American culture in many different areas. From toddlers all the way through the adult years. Stretching from our possessions to entertainment. We’re not really familiar with making do with what we have. At all times there’s at least one things we DON’T have. The idea of just needing necessities is foreign to us. Paul gives us a dose of advice in 1 Timothy 6:6-8, reminding us that all we really need is food and a place of shelter. No matter what circumstances we are in, like Paul in Philippians 4:11-13, we usually have more than we need.
How does this apply to technology? I think the first step is thankfulness. Colossians 3:17 is a reminder that this mindset should come first. In a country of instant gratification it sure becomes more difficult to be thankful for the little things, doesn’t it? After we start being more thankful I think we’ll see that we can get even more use out of the things we have. This type of thinking should come into play when the new iPhone comes out, when our computer isn’t as speedy as the new one at the Apple store, when our television is 30 inches smaller than our friend’s, and so on.
I fully understand that sometimes these decisions change when it’s our job to be using the tools, but for most that is not the case. I’m sure there is at least one area where we each might even be struggling with this today? I know the new iPhone or iPad sure sound interesting to me, so I’m in this with you. Mind sharing a moment you’ve recently struggled with this, or maybe a piece of scripture that helps you out in this area?
PRAYING that our focus on Christ becomes more clear, and our focus on the things of this world fade. PRAISING God for blessing us with the right tools at the right time.