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Why You and Your Family Should Have a Technology Celebration

Maybe you can do it over dinner one night, or try it out on a long car ride. No matter where, just invite your family to gather together and make a list of all the ways technology is great. Make sure to include the benefits to work, education, etc. Take your time and don’t leave anything out. Keep in mind – it is important for your kids to hear your contributions to this activity. Why?

  • You will be connecting with them over their interest.
  • You will be modeling gratitude.
  • You will be showing them you don’t think technology is all bad; and this will lower their defenses.

Then, ask them this crucial question:

In this technological age, how and when do you take care of your soul?

After they stutter through some inadequate answers, it’s time to make another list together.

Jen’s Keeping Room Tips:

Ask everyone the following:

-How can you make it practical to take time away from technology each day so your spirit can be silent and listen to the whispers of God? (1 Kings 19:12; Ps. 46:10; Is. 42:5)

-How can you schedule regular time to be unplugged in God’s Creation in order to see and remember the details of His works and get to know Him better there? (Neh. 9:6; Ps. 19:1; 111:2-4; Is. 40:26)

-Which ways will you commit to engaging with the world by using only your bodily senses, stimulating your internal God-given creativity without the use of technology? (Ex. 31:1-11; 35:1-35; Ps. 34:8; Rom. 12:1)

-When will you make time to come away from social media and heal from the ways you’ve been hurt there? (Ps. 6:2, 147:3; Prov. 3:7-8; Song 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:7-11)

-How can you increase the skill of fully experiencing a person or event in the moment? (Ruth 1:16; Prov. 16:24; Mt. 2:10; Rom. 12:10; Gal. 6:2)

-When can you take breaks from technology in order to stay in God’s Word long enough for it to have a powerful impact for your life? (Ps. 119:62, 147; Jer. 23:29; Mt. 4:4; Jn. 6:35; Col. 3:16; Heb. 4:12)

-Ultimately, how will you enact personal discipline regarding technology, for the sake of your holistic well-being? (Deut. 8:5; Prov. 5:23, 25:28; 1 Cor. 9:27; Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Tim. 1:7, 3:2-4; Titus 2:11-13; Heb. 12:9-11; 2 Pet. 1:5-7; Rev. 3:19)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Eccl. 3:1)

Online Body-Building (The best way to use social media)

What decision have you made when it comes to social media? Have you forgotten what life is like without it? Or do you stay away from it as much as you can? It might not be for everyone, but if you or your teens are already active on social media, there are ways to make it even better.

Biblical Starting Point:

  1. You are equipped to encourage the Body of Christ (through social media) towards: unity in faith, knowledge of the Son of God, maturity, and the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:12-13)
  2. One generation to another shall commend His works (on social media)…and pour forth His fame(Ps. 145:4, 7)

Keeping Room Tips:

* Conduct an evaluation of your social media footprint. Have you created a large kingdom dedicated to your fame? How can you shift the attention onto God and His majestic ways? (Ps. 145:5)

* When you share your life with others through social media, do this in such a way that others see what God is doing in your life. This motivates others and gives glory to your Father. (Mt. 5:16)

* Be mindful of the fact that there are people following you on social media who don’t think about where they will go when they die. Use this opportunity to persuade others to think about it. (2 Cor. 5:11)

* Be honest with yourself about how much time you are taking away from others when you are on social media. Consider blocking off specific times to be away from social media so that you can have non-distracted moments to focus on those who are present with you. (Phil. 2:4)

* Think of your soft spot (Christian persecution in Iran, orphans in Uganda, enslaved women in Thailand, etc.) and find ways to use your online voice to raise awareness and refresh the spirits of others you may never meet. (Philemon 1:7)

* Correct false perceptions about Jesus and Christianity by communicating online in a way that presents the truth in love and gently restores. (Gal 6:1; Eph. 4:15)

*Abandon any preoccupation over how many “likes” or “friends” or “followers” you have on social media, and celebrate the ways your spiritual gifts can make you a great online Body-builder. (Eph. 4:16)