A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to replace my laptop. I had been using my current church computer for almost 8 years, and it had slowed down so much that I had been using my personal laptop for the last 2 or 3 years, so I decided to take the plunge. I prayed about it and was determined to keep things in perspective.
You have to understand. I am an electronics addict. I love to play with technology. I knew that, even though I felt it was time to replace my computer, I would tend to be captured by it and neglect what I really needed to do. I had already been online and compared prices and features so I went to Staples and picked it up. And then the grinch showed up. Technology took over. Before I turned around it was Tuesday afternoon and I had spent almost an entire day moving files and wading through minutia. I was distracted.
Have you been there? Have you made a purchase, determined that it would not captivate you, only to find yourself, in one sense, worshiping it with an inordinate amount of your time. The next day, I just left it home. I didn’t even bring it to church with me. I needed, quite frankly, to turn my heart from technology back to God.
That’s the way it works. Materialism distracts us.