Monday, Nov 03, 2008

Handling Information Overload

Scripture warns us that in the last days, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Dan 12:4 NKJV) . Sounds pretty much like today, doesn’t it?

We live in what has been called “the Information Age”. Just look at your e-mailbox. If it’s anything like mine, it’s inundated with hundreds of emails, mostly unsolicited. Moreover, everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with invitations to connect via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Plaxo, and a host of other loops of which there seem to be no end.

So where do we draw the line?

Each person’s line is individual. In order to find out where to draw your line, ask yourself the following questions:

1) Is this activity taking away from time needed to build my relationship with the Lord?

2) Is this activity depriving my family of necessary attention and care?

3) What is my motive for engaging in this activity? Is it obedience to Christ or a quest for approval?

4) Have I consulted God about this activity?

When Jesus was on earth, He ran everything by His Father. In so doing, Jesus knew exactly what to do, where to go, when to go, how long to stay, and what to say and do while He was there. He did nothing without consulting the Father first. If Jesus had to consult the Father first in order to establish priorities in alignment with the Father’s will, how much more do we need to consult the Father in everything! 

We all know we have an enemy who will try to divert us from our Lord. The enemy often does this by putting good things in our path. After all, good things don’t come across at first as dangerous. For instance, church ministry is a good thing. But it becomes a bad thing when it assumes priority over time spent in developing our relationship with our Lord. 

When helping my coaching clients establish priorities, I remind them that DOING flows out of BEING. In other words, what we do must flow out of BEING in (abiding in) Christ. We get into trouble when we put the DOING first. 

So how involved should we be? As involved as our Lord instructs us to be. No more. No less.


Writer & Life Coach



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2 thoughts on “Handling Information Overload

  1. Mary Ann asked: Have I consulted God about this activity?

    That is what I’m most guilty of – not running things past God. I get an idea that seems good and off I go!

    Thanks for the reminder!

    November 3, 2008 at 10:49 AM