Screen Time Overload

Sunday, July 10, 2022
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1 Corinthians 6:20 – For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (NLT)

Too much of a good thing can be harmful.

Exercise is good, but too much can damage the body. More importantly, it might damage relationships with others.

One Krispy Kreme® doughnut wouldn't harm me, but eating a dozen a day most likely would. Where food is concerned, the watchword is "Everything in moderation". Eating a little every so often is better than binge eating.

Our day is not much different in the need for moderation than was Paul's. Idolatry, sporting events, drugs, alcohol, sexually immoral practices, and gluttony were all available. So, Paul took the opportunity to remind first-century believers that their bodies were temples of God's Spirit, Who had bought them with the death of His Son. The least that they could do was to honour Him with their bodies.

The current greatest "too much of a good thing" temptation is screen time. An entire generation of digital natives is alive and well. Defined, they are the young people who have never known a time when the Internet didn't exist. Just as doctors once thought that tobacco was good for us — and freely smoked in and out of the presence of their patients — but then discovered that it was dangerous, so the same is now happening with screen time.

Researchers have now unveiled the damage that too much digital interaction, especially gaming, can have on people's brains. The younger the brain, the higher the addiction rate and the more harmful screen time is to the brain. Staring at and interacting with screens not only builds an addictive wall in our brains but also damages our eyes, leading to dry eye disease.

I use my computer profusely and am certainly not an advocate against using it. Through it, I can spread the gospel with one press of a button or touch of a screen. But like everything else, I can get too much of a good thing. Moderation is necessary lest overload occur.

To avoid that overload, take appropriate breaks from your screens. Don't give them to young children, for screens are not good babysitters. Use screens wisely. Take them out of the bedroom at night — analog clocks are still available. Enjoy an analog activity — board games are still sold. All who are able can go outside.

What's one thing that you can do to avoid screen time overload and honour God with your body?

Prayer: Father, help us to enjoy the good things that You've created but not to be mastered by anything that steals our attention away from You. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Martin. Blessings.


    Martin, thanks for making me stop to evaluate my routines.


    AMEN!!!
    (Texas)


    What a good reminder for us all! Thanks. A simple but powerful truth!
    Peace.


    Martin,
    What a timely devotional, packed with God’s truth. Thank you so much.


    O SO necessary to hear and well said! Yay, Martin for this important reminder. You have helped me today (and many others).


    Amen Martin.
    Screen time is indeed a great concern. My young grandchildren are already pros. Thank goodness you can program their tablets in regards to the time they can spend on them!


    Wow, look at the devotional today. I did not know recreational drugs were popular in Bible times.
    That somehow comforts me! Why? I do not know. So we as a population have survived
    all this time with the use of recreational drugs.
    I have always felt drugs were the downfall of our society, as they twist people’s brains the wrong way.


    Greetings Martin and thank you for your important words today. It certainly is a “click, click” world these days and especially for the younger generation of today’s world. We have definitely seen the result a couple days ago when one of the major “hi-tech connection” company’s system shut down and limited access to computer operated things for a day. I really appreciated your statement about “prayer” and how it is something that we can always do at any time as our Lord is ever there to listen to us. Blessings for your special and very meaningful writings.


    Thanks Martin, blessings.


    Hello Martin,
    I say “Amen” to your Sunday devotional! I find it is necessary to use my computer for my church tasks and for receiving notices of various other activities, BUT I am becoming resentful of the amount of time I must spend at my screen. Thank you for the reminder to just turn it off and take a break.
    May God bless you in your work.


    Good morning Martin,
    I personally don’t do a lot of screen time. My computer is downstairs in my office and I go there first think in the morning and look at the devotionals. Last week the Rogers network was down for a day, people were destitute. Some who are totally on Rogers had no computer, TV, or phone. I heard one computer whiz say what they needed was a backup system. Just what we need something else to breakdown. I don’t turn the computer on on Sunday, not for religious reasons, I just want a day without.
    May the Lord help us to enjoy other things for sure.
    Thank you for your good words.
    Blessings.

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