Thinking Beyond The ScreenYesterday, I challenged you to think about limiting your media intake in response to verses like these.
Ephesians 5:15–17 says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (emphasis added).
Psalm 90:12 says, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom."
If you're like me, the majority of the time thieves in your life sneak in through a screen. From Pinterest to email to Facebook to Words with Friends ... there are lots and lots of distractions available at the tip of our fingers.
But ... media is here to stay. Limitations are wise, but how can you know which media to partake in and what to ditch? In Lies Young Women Believe, authors Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh offer seven questions to help you think through your media choices. Check it out.
Q: Does it violate the standard of Philippians 4:8? ("Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.")
Q: Would you be embarrassed to watch it with Jesus?
Q: Does it create conflict between you and your parents?
Q: Is it something you have to hide?
Q: Does it cause you to isolate yourself from family members and friends?
Q: Does it cause you to neglect other responsibilities?
Q: Do you have a greater appetite for media, social networking, or entertainment than you do for spending time in God's Word or in other activities that nourish your spiritual life?
Q: Are you addicted? (Here's a great way to find out if you're addicted to a particular form of media: Give it up for thirty days. If you can't do it, you're addicted!)
Did you answer "yes" to any of the questions above? If so, ask the Lord to help you re-evaluate your media choices. We'd love to encourage you and hold you accountable. Leave us a message below telling us your answers to these questions and what holds you back from "making the best use of the time."