by Rev. Roxanne Cardenas, M.Div
I am an avid fan of technology. Whenever possible, I try to stay current on the newest phones, computer systems, and the latest tech-related news.
Yet, as much as I love technology, I am blown away by some of the foolishness on the Internet.
People mistakenly believe that whatever they say or do on the Internet somehow disappears into the abyss of cyber space. Sadly, that cannot be further from the truth. Between Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, people have revealed the most intimate details of their whereabouts, relationships, and thoughts.
Make no mistake about it, everyone is watching. There was even a rash of burglaries where the thieves used people’s Facebook statuses to know when they were on vacation and rob their homes.
In addition to basic safety issues, the problem with living your life online is that once a thought, philosophy, or concept is launched onto the World Wide Web, it is irrevocable and now accessible by the entire world.
Much like a face-to-face argument, words hastily spoken cannot be taken back once uttered. Recently, someone’s Facebook post challenged God’s ability to handle a situation. The post complained, that despite their alleged commitment to God, life seems to have taken a turn for the worse.
It is essential that when we are going through our Job experiences we don’t slander God and subsequently cause others to doubt God. What would happen if God publicized your current status with Him on the World Wide Web?
Imagine if he wrote every sin, shortcoming, bad choice and secret thought on your wall? What if God’s status was updated hourly notifying the world of the many times you and I failed him?
If this happened to any of us, I am sure no one would push the “LIKE” button. It is so important to remember that God has feelings too. The things we say and do touch his heart in an unimaginable ways. If we publicly criticized other people the way many falsely often criticize God, they would sue us for defamation of character.
During your season of hardship, testing, or trials it is important not to say things that will only make your situation worse. Many of you who are parents or have had the pleasure of helping others to raise their children know that quality parenting requires teaching a variety of lessons, some of which are uncomfortable for the child.
There are seasons of painful repetition, such as teaching a child how to tie their shoes. Any adult that has endured watching little fingers try to handle shoelaces for the eighth time in one morning understands how badly you want to jump in and do it for them. However, a good parent understands that a child will never learn how to tie his or her own shoes if you keep interfering.
Likewise. There are lessons we must learn that we can never fully appreciate if God jumps in and does it for us. He loves us enough to allow us the time and space to learn things fully.
This week, make an effort to discover the big lessons in seemly little events…it’s not God failing to be the ultimate parent, it may just be Him allowing you to be the ultimate student.
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