Back to the Basics

For the month of April, Struggle to Victory is focusing on virtual influences by featuring guest posts, by guest posting on other sites, and by highlighting some of the regular visitors to this blog. Hopefully, you’ll be encouraged, strengthened & challenged by these people as much as I have on a regular basis, people I am proud to say have an impact on my thinking in ways that matter eternally.

THE PRECIPICE_coverToday’s post is by TC Avey, a Christian devoted to God, family and friends. TC is passionate about encouraging Christians to live lives dedicated to Christ as well as helping them understand the importance of preserving our national freedoms through knowledge and love. She blogs at Wisdom of a Fool. You can also follow her on Twitter. Her book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon.

Technology is awesome.

It allows us to do a plethora of wonderful things. Yet, it can also become a god.

If we aren’t careful, we can place more trust in gadgets, science, and modern conveniences than we do in the Creator of the World.

Rarely do I think we mean to do this (at least those who profess to be Christian); it just sort of happens…so slowly we don’t even realize it until its roots are deep.

But if one is willing to take a close look in their hearts, they can see this “god” in various ways:

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When an emergency happens, what do you do first? Pray or call for help?

When your feelings are hurt, who do you turn to? God’s comfort or man’s distractions?

When your world is on fire, where is your refuge? The Cross or an object/place?

When you’ve reached the bottom of your strength, how do you go on? In Christ’s name or a doctor’s?

An honest review like this will cause most people to say, “OUCH.” I know it does me.

But it’s this type of scrutiny that is needed if one is to get back to the basics in their relationship with Christ.

Back to the Basics is one of the themes in my book, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends.

Life is fast paced.

Technology enables man to do more, be more and have more.

It also provides man with vast understanding, almost limitless access to anything a heart could ever desire, and even extends lifespans.

It showers us with possibilities, helps us to connect with others around the globe, and gives us almost instant satisfaction in having our needs fulfilled.

Technology can be a great thing, but it should never be our god.

It should never serve as a substitute for our Healer, Provider, Comforter or Salvation.

Often people have grand intentions, but when technology takes the throne of our time and energy, those intentions go out the window with God.

God is a gentleman. He will not force himself upon the thrones of our lives. However, as Creator and Sustainer of the World, He does speak to us in various ways.

The Bible is full of examples of God speaking to His people through calamities.

One such event is the Tower of Babel.

Man began thinking too highly of himself and God created confusion of speech and helped the people get back to the basis their need for God.

Today, our world is on a tipping point. God is calling out. But can we hear Him over our Bluetooth devices?

The Precipice can help readers identify where they place their trust and evaluate who their God is.

God is a jealous God. He won’t play second fiddle to anyone or anything.

I urge you, get back to the basics. God should be your “all in all.”

Yes, enjoy technology. It’s great. It’s a gift. But don’t let it be your god.

Only the living God can satisfy your soul and your endless quest for “more.”

DISCUSSION: How has technology become a “god” in your own life? What changes can you make today to put God over technology?

NOTE: If you purchase The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends in its first week of publication on Amazon, you will also receive a BONUS PACKAGE if you email your receipt to the author BEFORE APRIL 14TH!

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21 thoughts on “Back to the Basics

  1. TC, thanks for this challenging post. I would be lying if I didn't say that technology has become a "god" at times. I will occasionally turn to it when I feel lonely or upset instead of going to God himself. Yesterday, I had a bad day, and it wasn't until the end of the day that I realized I hadn't even given my frustrations over to God. Instead, I had grabbed my iPad. I looked for distraction instead of running to God.
    My recent post Authenticity in Relationships & A Few of My Imperfections

    • I've done the same thing many times, Chris.
      In the past 4 years God has lead me to fast social media instead of food. Each time I'm blown away by how much technology controls my life and gets in the way of my fellowship with Christ.
      Technology is an awesome tool, but we must be careful we don't replace it in the place God is supposed to reign.
      It's good that you realized that! Realizing when we are turning to something/someone other than God is a mature growth process.
      Blessings to you, Chris.
      TC Avey

    • I do the same thing, Chris. Honestly, I am trying to discipline myself NOT to do it, but the flesh is so weak. Need more of the Holy Spirit to help me turn to God instead of technology.

  2. God has offered us a smart phone for centuries! We have been able to voice dial him, text, email, and even search His Word through it all this time. And, it has been free for our use without long term contracts. But "man" like those who tried to build the tower of Babel, the great ziggurat to heaven, we are trying to become our own source of smart technology to replace our need to grab His smart phone connection.

    I have never broken His smart phone. It has never needed to be replaced and has never been deemed obsolete. Before you become dependent upon your latest I-Phone, Android, Blackberry, or any other of the latest devices, become proficient in using His smart phone to keep all the others in proper perspective in your life.

    Just thinking out loud….This post was a good one to ponder thanks!

    Coach Mike http://www.coachbrown.org
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    My recent post Words of Wisdom: Are you God’s Servant Today?

    • Well said, Mike!
      So glad this post spurred your thoughts and that you shared them. I pray others read your comment!
      Have a blessed day. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my book if you purchase it.
      You have passion for Christ!

  3. Love what Coach had to say. I never dreamed I would even be sitting on my couch using a laptop computer when I did punch cards for computers in high school, ya I'm that old! I don't have a "smart phone but I do have a tablet, a cell phone, and a laptop, as well as an older computer in the office. When we travel in the semi it is with 2 computers and 2 cell phone, which come in handy if we stop to unload in a store where I can shop and I am needed back at the semi….hum…
    I am so grateful God's technology never gets outdated or goes out of style or gets broken and is ALWAYS available, even when we are in those areas where there is no technology connection. Thanks for the thoughtful post!

    • I loved what Coach said as well! Our communication with God is never out of service. He's such a wonderful God. He even allows this technology that we enjoy, but we must guard our hearts, "Watch and pray…"
      Have a wonderful day. Thanks for reading/commenting. Safe travels.
      TC Avey

  4. TC,
    I think we often choose technology to get away from the stress and hurt of life. We may watch TV, surf the internet; and lose ourselves in a book. While these things in themselves may not be bad they like anything else we let serve as God for us is harmful. It takes work and awareness in order to avoid using these things to salve our soul or to numb us from the effects of our life. Sometimes hard work.

    • Well said, Mark. We must "Watch and Pray…" Our flesh is so weak. It's why we must daily commit to God, die to self, and take up our crosses.
      Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for adding to the discussion.
      TC Avey

    • Work… Awareness… both things that go by the wayside the busier we are, don't they? We go toward the easy way and distracting ourselves instead. Do you think simplifying life can help increase our willingness to work and be more aware of how we use technology? Something I've been thinking a lot about.

  5. Good questions! Tough, but good. Needed by a generation that's lost it's way. Thanks for stepping up to lead, TC. God bless you and yours as you seek the will of His heart. Awesome book too!

      • Let me second Floyd's "Thank you," TC. Not only did you present a challenge so many of us needed, but you gave me some time off while I was on vacation. I appreciate your challenge as well as your willingness to sort of take the reigns while I was vacationing. Felt good to trust something that means so much to me to someone so trustworthy!

        • You're very welcome, Kari. Happy to help and so glad you got to enjoy time with family- that is so important.
          Thank you for letting me share about my book on your site. It's been a pleasure and honor.

    • I've been thinking a lot about your comment, Caleb. I am working on putting into words more details of what those boundaries might look like. You mention time off from devices and focusing on face-to-face relationships, but do you have any other specific boundaries you would suggest regarding technology?

      • I've fasted from all social media and technology before (21 days is the longest). It was a very awakening time for me to realize how much I depend upon technology for the simplest things- like finding recipes to looking up definitions. I highly recommend people do a fast from modern technology. It's eye opening.

  6. I think having boundaries with technology is a great way to ensure it doesn't consume you or take over life.
    You bring up an excellent point about face time. We can't let technology replace relationships with family and friends.
    Have a blessed evening, Caleb.
    TC

    • Same question to you, TC, as I posed to Caleb (and anyone else so inclined to weigh in for that matter)… What specific boundaries do you think would be helpful regarding technology? I think technology is going to be my focus for May (inspired by this post to a great extent), and I'd love more input on this!

  7. Great post here!

    Anything can turn into an idol including a phone or another devise. I know I have to be careful about how much time and focus is spent on my phone and computer. Making sure it does not consume me.

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