In today’s health-conscious culture we carefully monitor our diets. We count calories and cut carbs and buy organic, because as everyone knows, you are what you eat.
But how much attention do we give our online diet? Do we monitor our intake of information or consider its effect on our souls?
Some of us might have a regular online diet of breaking news, medical information, and stories of loss, tragedy, and heartbreak via social media. We gobble up a huge helping of unhealthy content each morning and snack on it throughout the day. And then we wonder why we are so fearful all the time.
Here’s what can happen to me: I check an online news source only to see a headline about a kidnapping, and I fear for the safety of my grandchildren. Another plane crash or terrorist plot and I worry about C.J.‘s flight home. The local police report indicates a rise in burglaries and I can’t sleep at night.
Whenever we read about something bad happening somewhere else, we may be tempted to imagine it happening to us. And information about bad things happening is everywhere on the Internet!
That’s why we would do well to remember Elisabeth Elliot’s statement of truth (and I can’t help but wonder what her thoughts might be about our online habits!): “There is no grace for our imagination.” Instead, God’s grace is found in the warning to flee these temptations: “Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil” (Ps. 37:8).
So if you find yourself tempted to fret, start by evaluating your online diet. Is it regularly feeding your fearful imagination? If so, then maybe you should choose not to click.