Crackberry

by John Grant
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For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever”  1 Peter 1:24-25

Technology can be a very wonderful thing. Computers, cell phones, text messaging and e-mail all help us to work more productively and efficiently. But there is also an addiction, sometimes referred to as “Crackberry,” that allows technology to consume us.

Recently, a tragic train wreck happened in California because the engineer was “texting” on his cell phone and not watching the track in front of him. This week, a young boy was struck down while he was “texting” when he should have been watching the street he was crossing.

A recent study of traveling executives showed that a third of them prefer their PDA over their spouse. The study showed that eighty five percent bring their devises into the bedroom. Eighty four percent said they check their e-mails just before going to bed and checking them is the first thing they do when the get out of bed.

These electronic marvels have caused serious relationship problems, especially in marriages, because people are so focused on their PDA’s and computers that they are not focusing on what might be going on in their relationships. Experts are now saying “Turn it off, spend some time with your partner and have a real relationship with a living human being.”

What if people had such a tight dependence on their Bible and became equally immersed in the Word of God? Just think what your night and day would be if words of Scripture were the last thing you read at night and the first thing you read in the morning?

Many believers say they want to serve God and obey his word, but how many are reading the Bible in order to learn how?

In 1839 Alexander Campbell wrote, “The Bible is to the intellectual and moral world of man what the sun is to the planets in our system,–the fountain and source of light and life, spiritual and eternal. The Bible contains a full and perfect revelation of God and his will, adapted to man.”

Just imagine how the world would change if people were addicted to their Bibles like they are to their PDA’s.

~Lord, help my focus to be on You and give me a fresh hunger for your word. Amen.

Question: What can you do to focus on God’s word this week in a fresh way? Do you need to discipline yourself and your devices of technology?

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