By the end of this evening, my inbox will contain at least 100 new emails. Facebook will have at least that many new notifications and a couple of messages waiting for me. There might be a party tonight on Twitter and there might be some new recipe or Christmas craft I “need” to try on Pinterest. My blog might be in need of a new post or there might be an article I’ve been meaning to read sitting in my bookmarks. Perhaps there is a forum I should catch up on or a blog I should read through. And that’s just today.
It’s amazing how not too long ago, the internet wasn’t even part of my daily equation. It was about 13 years ago that the internet actually came to live in my home. I had email and a forum I liked to visit. And yes, I spent entirely too much time on the computer, which baffles me. Maybe I can blame it on dial-up?
Over the years, the internet has been everything from a distraction to a much-needed line of communication with my husband who was deployed. It’s been a fantastic informational resource and a place to connect with others. However, it does seem to have a strangely addictive quality.
We are afraid of missing something and in the process, we miss our own lives.
You will not find me making some blanket statement about the internet being evil. The internet doesn’t control you, you ALLOW it to control you. And while some people can easily manage the addictive things of this world, there are others who cannot and whose only choice is to walk away, either for a time or for good.
How can you tell if the internet is running your life?
- You are ignoring your children.
- You are ignoring your household duties.
- You check Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest for no good reason.
- You are obsessed with not missing anything that is going on online.
- You feel overwhelmed by your email or any other account you might have.
You can just tell you are allowing the internet to control you.
If you feel like the computer is running your life, chances are, it is.
When I started seriously blogging here at Raising Arrows, I knew it was going to take a serious amount of balance. My husband and I both felt the Lord was leading me into this ministry, but I knew from past experiences, I wasn’t always the best manager of my online time. I asked God to keep me accountable, no matter what it took. I can honestly say, in the nearly 3 years I’ve been serious about Raising Arrows, God has never let me down! Every single time I’ve teetered on the edge of excessiveness, God has reined me back in.
But, I want to be careful here to tell you that where God has me and the balance He has given me, is not for everyone. I’ve been tempted to look at other mamas and wonder how in the world they manage to juggle their online time and do as much as they do without sacrificing their families, while other mamas look at me and wonder the same thing. But, here’s where we have to remember not to compare ourselves with others via arbitrary guidelines. (2 Cor 10:12)
And again, if you feel as if the internet is running your life…chances are, it is. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading and find the balance or walk away!
Are you interested in learning more about blogging and time management? Read my series:
A Christian Mom’s Guide to Blogging