Almost everything in life requires some degree of balance, you have to eat but you can’t eat to much, you have to sleep, but you can’t sleep to much, and you need to work, but you don’t want to work to much. Maintaining balance in the various areas of life can be tricky, and certainly requires wisdom.
Probably one of the easiest ways to mess up your life today is to become unbalanced in almost any area of life, and it seems like that is getting easier and easier to do. I played solitaire on my phone on a recent airplane flight for 30 minutes, but thousands of people are getting counseling in order to get free from an addiction to computer games that consumes many hours of every day.
Some exposure to sources of information outside of my own immediate circle of face to face contacts seems wise in order to know what is happening in the world. In our world today there are literally hundreds if not thousands of sources of information on the internet that I can use to stay informed.
There are several problems with these sources of information, the first is knowing what is true and what is not. Almost all of the sources available to us today have become tremendously biased, and the term “balanced news” seems a thing of the past. With bias comes the proneness to report mostly, if not only the information that agrees or supports our bias, and then exaggerated reporting follows, and then outright lies. It is is all well written and spoken persuasively so as to appear true and essential, very essential.
The second problem is that reading and listening to the various sources of news and commentary becomes incredibly addicting, and checking on the “latest development” begins to consume more and more time.
The third problem is that as we increase the time of exposure to world news, current events, and the commentary that comes with it we will inevitably move in one direction or the other, and that movement will continue until we are as biased as our preferred sources. It is very much a mind-control game.
I have a strong bias myself, and it dictates who I listen to and who I read. I don’t read or listen to any source that is anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-Bible, or anti-church, even a little bit, and it appears that most are. I don’t spend time exposing myself to those who are pro-abortion, anti-traditional family, or have a bent toward Socialism. The list of acceptable sources of news is getting pretty small now.
My goal is to obey and follow Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
So, that goal will require me to be very careful of what I read or watch, and how much time I spend viewing even the best of sources. It will also motivate me to spend time every day reading the Bible, studying it, memorizing it, and meditating on what I memorize, so as to know God, and what is truth.
My time on the internet today is spent mostly watching good preachers of the Word, fishing shows, and YouTube videos on restoring a 1969 Mustang. Good stuff.
Appreciate your post. In addition to time in The Word, I could do well to reflect on your viewpoint frequently.
Excellent blog. About 5 years ago, I started to notice a strong trend that much of the media wanted me to “Hate” a group or person. Initially, I was not a Trump fan. But when our president would accomplish good things, it was ignored. And a steady diet of hatred was delivered daily. Now, my new test is looking for request to hate. I won’t do it!