“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove that prayerlessness is not from lack of time.” ~John Piper
When was the last time you told a friend, by way of confession: “I’m ashamed to admit it, but I have been too busy to post status updates on Facebook lately.” or “I know I really should do better, but I just can’t seem to find the time for Pinterest.” or “I am so tired that I can’t possibly wake up early enough to read the news online or follow what’s trending on Twitter.”
If you’ve said anything like this recently, then this new series of posts is not for you. You can stop reading now, because you clearly have better things to do.
But if you, like me, ever experience nagging guilt over missed quiet times or avoided conversations or unfinished housework or schoolwork, and yet still find time to tweet and pin, then lets talk.
I know it’s easy to knock Twitter or Pinterest. Low hanging fruit. But it is much harder to steward these technological blessings appropriately. And in many ways, that is what the Internet and social media are—evidences of God’s kindness and common grace to mankind.
Through Facebook I can re-connect with au-pair friends from Europe and keep up on the latest progress in my friend’s adoption. I can pin recipes on Pinterest instead of typing them out, printing them up, sliding them into sheet protectors, and storing them in a huge notebook. I can go online to get advice for cleaning my ceramic tile kitchen floor or to upload videos of the kids for far away family to see. And if I discover that I am out of sour cream right in the middle of making Sour Cream Fudge Cake, I can google for substitutes and avoid disaster (and I did!).
But it is precisely because the Internet can be so useful, so beneficial, so enjoyable, that it can also be so dangerous. For it is often the good things that distract us from the best things. And never before have so many good things been so easy to access, just a click away.
So we’re going to start a new girltalk conversation today—about pinning and prayer, hashtags and our homes, blogs and biblical womanhood. Join us, won’t you?