Thursday, March 03, 2011

Focus, Refocus

There's so much out there to distract us these days, taking our focus off of the things we really want to love and enjoy.

I read recently that people are becoming "infobese." And it's so true.

News websites; social networking sites; blogs of all kinds; online shopping sites...  All are worthy of our attention...

And the nosy journalistic side of me wants to know what's happening in the world around me. I can't stand to not check what's happening in my world -- through blogs, Facebook, and email.

But while none of that is bad, it becomes a problem when it takes up so much of my time. So much of my energy. So much of my brainpower. That leaves me impatient with my family, unable to focus and concentrate on the things they need from me, exhausted from trying to "fix" things that mean nothing personally to me.

Sure, no man is an island -- I wholeheartedlly believe that we should have empathy for one another, hold each other up in prayer -- but my priorities need to be in the proper order for that to work.

The Bible tells us in Luke 12:34: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

If my treasure is my family and my job is to take care of them......then how am I actually doing?

Is my heart there for them?


Woodie said...

yes, it's true. I read something recently that recommended viewing all this information as a stream. We just can't catch up with all the water, we have to sit on the edge and dip our toes in when we need a little refresher. I've been trying to apply that to my facebook intake. I don't have time to run down stream and see all the information that happened since the last time I was logged in, so I just dip in and out, quick, and assume if someone REALLY needs to let me know something, they will make sure I know about it, rather than just posting it on FB. :) it's hard to make myself let go off all this info rushing by that other people "KNOW", but I am trying.

Susie said...

Good for you, Woodie! I desperately need to follow your example! I'm so bad about it all. It's so easy to check from my iPod and post pics that I snapped that instant. I really, really want to break the habit, but it's kind of addictive, I guess. Makes me long for the time when none of this existed yet. Well, sort of. ;)