I am going to try posting in the mornings pretty regularly. The goal of these posts will be to highlight a few significant stories in a specific area and to give my perspective on them. I will also include a very short devotional thought at the end.
Smartphones are a Problem for our Kids – This problem is getting a lot more attention right now and not just from Christian sources. Major research studies are being conducted and the results are coming out very consistent. We have a smartphone problem with our teens/kids and parents in particular need to join the conversation and take action. The article that caught my attention is, “We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones.” It was posted by Time and can be read on their site here: https://goo.gl/ocp5sx.
I will admit that I have very strong opinions on this issue, but remember what I do for a living, I work with students (teens) all the time and I see the impact this is having. Teens do not need smartphones in their rooms, particularly at night. They just don’t. At some point you will need to give your teen some freedom to set their own limits, but you need to show them what healthy boundaries and limits look like before that freedom is given. Do some research on your own, do not let yourself as parents be passive on this issue, your kids will pay for your passivity.
Too Much of a Good Thing – Jony Ive, Apple’s design guy agrees, we’re spending too much time on our iPhones. Read more here: https://goo.gl/tnqkwu.
Unprecedented Collaboration – One of the major upsides of technology is an incredible ability to collaborate with others. I watched a video this morning of a 500 voice choir performing a song, the catch, the choir never, not one time, met together! Listen here: https://goo.gl/Wd3Q4E.
Devotional Thought – Deuteronomy 9-11 are a great reminder of one of the most important truths we find in scripture. God did not give Israel blessing (specifically the promised land) because of their righteousness, they messed up over and over again. We are not given good things because we are righteous either. God is working now, just as he has been working through history and will continue working, to call people to a relationship with him. He asked the people of Israel to give him their heart, to surrender to him. He asks the same of us. Surrender to him and to his will.