Monday, September 5, 2016

The Blessings of the Internet

Although I often give thanks for blessings of all types, I don't think I've ever thanked the Lord for my connection to the Internet.

Like the rest of us, I can often get on my soapbox about its evils and dangers.

But there are many, many things to be thankful for on the Internet.

For example, when I was young, all we had was snail mail (slow), Western Union (fast but expensive and limited in word count), and long distance on landline telephones (not always clear reception and always expensive).

Today we have instant connection and connection in many ways. We can connect via email, social media, and smart phone apps.

We can connect for both joys (happy graphics and happy news) and jolts (the sad news from friends). But it is quick and timely.

We can get instant information. This is not always reliable so we need to use common sense. Back in the day, we didn't need to worry. Our local librarian would sift out the useless info and lead us to pertinent info.

In matters of faith, I love how quickly I can find an appropriate bible verse or reference. Not only that, but I can find it in any of dozens of different bible versions.

Also, we can share our concerns, our prayers answered, and ask for prayers in our own lives.

When I think of all those miles and mountains that Jesus had to travel to spread the word, I often wonder what he would do in today's world.

Lord Jesus, what an amazing world we live in today. I can barely imagine how your word would spread using today's technology. But then, we might not have the human factor of stories and miracles like the loaves and fishes. Everything in its time, I suppose. Help me to keep it all in perspective. I am thankful for these blessings and benefits. Please help me to be careful in the ways I use them.

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