To Tech or Not to Tech….

I have been pondering a great deal recently on how much TIME we waste on technology and devices.  Even (gasp) me here on my blog.  LOL….Actually I don’t see this so much as a time waster because it is my “art”, my craft, my way to relax…..I am journalling….just for anyone to read…..why….well because I know it is what I was called to do.

BUT.…..I have to always remember what is my priorities…..what comes first?!  My vocation of wife with the calling of being mother and teacher.  Thus any gifts and talents and rest time must be balanced and put into perspective.

As I eluded yesterday about my cousins….I love how they truly unplug.  They aren’t a “slave” to the next text coming in……or latest posting on facebook.  They understand GOD created us to be connected physically to one another.

Now I KNOW so many of US are going to argue…..BUT I AM CONNECTING to others that I would have never connected with or even known otherwise if it weren’t for social media.  I am being able to connect and help people in ways that were never possible.  YES AND NO….is what I say.   We can all rationalize and justify our over use of technology….but it is just that…..EXCUSES……because WE CAN SURVIVE WITH OUT IT!

GASP….DOUBLE….TRIPLE GASP!

I know I know….so many are going to say….no we can’t.  Take even the social media aspect out of it….what about shopping….banking….corresponding….information……

All those forms of doing are still available without technology…..actually going into a bank…..into a store….the post office…..the newspaper……

Another argument can be well those are all a form of technology.  Yes I guess so because technology is about progression….improvements…..

BUT how far is too far.

Those are the questions I ponder.

Thus this month I am going to really reflect on my computer use.  How much of it is “robbing, cheating” my family out of me time!”   How much of my social media time is taking away from my first responsibilities and priorities.  And how much of it is taking me away from stuff I would really rather being doing anyways but I am willing to be a sheep and follow the crowd instead of saying you know what I REALLY DON’T CARE!!!

Those are my thoughts…..maybe this month I will just spend time here on my blog each day for a few minutes and then call my computer time good for the day.

Maybe this month I will be a better example to my daughter and say you know what all devices are turned off and put away from 9-3 and then 6pm til next morning.  Maybe the only window of time should be between 3pm and 6pm.

OH but Kelly how is anyone going to get a hold of you….your phone….well that’s something I will have to think about….and ponder….but tell me this how many of us go to our phone to check a message…..text…..and end up on facebook or email!?

Thus I ponder TO TECH OR NOT TO TECH!?

Have a fabulously blessed day!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers…..family….friends….
~Kelly 🙂

2016: Taming Technology

I have pondered on what I desire for this new year….

The things that swirl in my head:

Less or no social media.
No distractions from my daughters education.
UNPLUG!

THEN….

I think about all the amazing people I have connected with through social media.
I think of all the amazing people I have been able to share information with because of connections through social media.
I think of all the great research I have been able to accomplish because of technology.

BUT…

With all the good….there IS bad….

It can easily distract us from real, everyday encounters with people we meet each and every day on the street, in a store….

It can easily become an “addiction” when we allow it to not be balanced with one on one contact with others.

It can easily consume us rather than be a small part of our day!

I thought about totally unplugging for a year.  I have thoughts that swirl in my head about how there are soooo many other bloggers, facebookers, etc….who share all the same information I share…so really what does it matter if I unplug….my voice isn’t needed….it won’t be missed….

THEN…..I meet someone who may not know the info I have learned…..and I get to direct them to some of the great people I follow….or direct them to  some of the great resources I have found.

Thus…I realize that maybe I shouldn’t unplug so much as remembering I don’t have to follow any one particular formula or agenda or schedule other than where, how, and when GOD leads me with all of this!

Thus my goal for technology during 2016 is to not unplug…but to remember what is more important to me:
My Lord
My Family
My Daughters Education
My Service….using my gifts and talents….

So the question I have to ask myself each day is am I utilizing my social media time to grow in each of these areas?  To learn in each of these areas?  To develop in each of these areas?

Or am I allowing it to become a distraction? An obsession?  A vice?

Am I being responsible with my time?

I have realized I can’t totally unplug because I respect the fact that God has asked of me to share what I have learned, to share my life, to share thoughts…..

BUT…He has also asked me to be a wife, mother, teacher first and formost…..so that MUST take priority…..I MUST make sure I don’t neglect those responsibilities…..I MUST remember to not become “OBSESSIVE” about blogging, sharing info, etc….that it takes away from my vocation…my first calling….

How will I know I am doing His Will and not mine with this matter?

There will be PEACE!

When there is peace even in the struggle….peace even during a hectic day….peace when I am juggling things….that’s when I know I am doing HIS WILL and not forcing my will….not forcing my agenda and rationalizing that it is what GOD is asking of me!

2016ths taming technololgy challenge will be tested by peace!

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