Modern conveniences have certainly been a blessing in our lives. Washing machines, microwaves, running water, and other mod cons, as our British friends would say, all help us get our daily chores done in a fraction of the time it took our grandparents. We have much more leisure time on our hands, even if sometimes it doesn’t always seem like it. So what does that have to do with your inbox clutter, you might be asking?
Well, to be blunt, our leisure time has gotten in the way of our relationship with the Lord.
We live in the frenzy of the email generation, where internet crazes like Pinterest, Facebook, and blogging create for us little more than a chaotic, overwhelmed inbox. Most of us spend time each morning, afternoon, or evening (some of us all three) reading post after post, email after email, of very beneficial and interesting things. As good Christian women, there is probably nothing “sinful” in our inboxes. Rather, we are aided by recipes, encouraged by devotionals, and helped by households hints. But what happens, without our even realizing it, is that we end up spending quality time with our computer, and our loving God is once again neglected for the day because we are too busy to read His Word or pray. In a day and age where we should have more time for God because of our modern conveniences, we end up having less!
Am I saying, dear sisters, that you need to shut down your internet service? No, not at all. But I am encouraging you to take a good look at how much time you are spending on the internet. Has it become your best friend and helper? Do you wake each morning and reach for your phone to see who texted you or what’s happening on social media rather than reaching for the living Word, your spiritual food? Do you anticipate more what you’ll find on Facebook, YouTube, or Pinterest instead of longing for communion with our heavenly Father? In candid terms, have you made them your idols?
And yes, I know, this is a blog post. Sometimes irony can be fun.
My hope is that this will incite you to scrutinize your priorities. I have been right there with you, cleaning out my inbox for some time now, unsubscribing from anything that took precious time away from God (and family), or that tempted me to desire more stuff that I don’t really need. I had to stop making excuses about how busy I was as a homeschooling mom and homemaker, and instead, admit that worthless fascinations (or even activities) were replacing eternal cares.
Now my passion is to inspire women to do the same–to feed yourselves solidly, daily, mainly on the Word of God, to crave “pure spiritual milk,” so that you will increase your faith, growing into a full experience of salvation (1 Peter 2:2), supplementing your faith with all the qualities that will keep you effective and fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).
Because no one will never be sorry for time spent with Him in place of the clutter of their inbox.