"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Eph 5:25

Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's In Your History

Priorities.  They come in all shapes and sizes, in many situations.  There are high priorities and low priorities.

The Bible gives us a list of priorities to follow as christians:
  • God  (Deuteronomy 6:5)
  • spouse (Ephesians 5:25 for husbands Ephesians 5:22 for wives)
  • children (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4)
  • parents (Deuteronomy 5:16)
  • extended family (1 Timothy 5:8)
  • brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24)
  • the rest of the world (Matthew 28:19)

Priorities drive our decisions, our activities (or lack thereof), our daily routines.  They are the stuff our lives are made of, and the sooner we put them in proper order the better off we'll be. We humans have a history of saying one thing and doing another.

Speaking of history ....

The history link on our computers provides a snapshot of our online activities for a period of time.  It tells us what our priorities are during that time on the internet.

What would I find if I looked at the browser history of your computer right now?  Would I find mostly shopping?  Social media?  Pornography?  Work projects? Or would I find some indication of the priorities listed above?

Do you mostly browse links related to God and your growth in relationship to Him?  What would I find next?  Would it be something that blesses your spouse and your marriage? 

I have a few friends with whom I exchange laptops on a regular basis, for a few minutes to a half hour.  The purpose for the swap is so that we can browse each others history and hold one another accountable for anything inappropriate or damaging to our walk with God. 

It doesn't have to be explicit or pornographic to be inappropriate.  I see you were shopping for computer games again.  You're supposed to be saving your money for new tires, remember???  Many times it can seem like a perfectly acceptable use of internet time. However, if that particular person needs to spending more time on A and less time on B, in can be a problem. How much time did you spend this week looking up things to improve your marriage instead of your house? 

If you want my unsolicited advice (and let's face it, who doesn't?), find a trusted friend or two and do a computer swap twice a month or so.  Let them see exactly what you are doing online.  Don't try to hide it.  Just let them see it.  Then answer their questions and (here's the difficult but necessary part) change where necessary.

How will you know what to change?  Simple.  Every question that makes you squirm in your seat is an area that needs some attention.  If it were perfectly acceptable, you wouldn't squirm.  Right? 

By doing this, your future history will look a lot brighter.  I can practically guarantee it.

FYI:  Last week my browser history consisted mostly of marriage blogs, Twitter and FaceBook. Oh yeah, and I was shopping for a used flute.  A little too heavy on FaceBook, so I'm trying to cut back. 

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