Media Habits of the Mind and Heart

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2: 11-14 I am at the National SCL Conference and just participated in an session led by Ken Myers.  He is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction.  Rather than post what I had been working on all week, I decided to share instead some vital recourses about technology in the life of students, the topic Mr. Myers addressed passionately. Scientists are growing increasingly alarmed about how today’s undisciplined media habits are contributing to a decline in attention and comprehension skills, in linear thinking and even changing the very shape of the brain.   Affected also is the development of self control because it is closely linked to our ability to attend to what is important and good as well as ignore what is unimportant and harmful. What a frightening thought that in our media driven culture, we may be losing vital skills without which we cannot properly grow and learn. I urge you to get informed about this extremely important topic. Ken Myers has compiled a list of resources about the...

The Measure of My Days

I often wake up between 3 and 4 AM.  By then, the clutter from the previous day has worked its way out of my thought processes, and my mind has stilled. I attend to what comes to mind in these early morning hours because it is often the nourishment my soul thirsts for as well as the guidance I am seeking after. I am grateful for these quiet moments with God in the still of the night because the days on either side are filled to overflowing by other streams of communication. While communication technology makes sharing information quick and easy, it also creates a tension within.  I can efficiently share with and receive information from hundreds each day, yet it can swallow me up. My mind can become tangled with a growing pile of loose ends – those needed responses and matters to take care of that come at me quickly and furiously.  Like a sweater, if the ends don’t get tied up, I begin to unravel because I am a “get it done” personality especially when it involves people.  As I unravel, so does my ability to focus however. Tech savvy adults today, which include most parents of young children, have significantly more distractions to contend with as they raise their families.  Armed at all times with their smart phones or iphones, they juggle disruptions continually, mixing together work, home and entertainment.  More often than not, they split their focus and concentration in numerous ways simultaneously.  Their children watch and begin to practice a “split- focus” style of life as well.  Yet habitually splitting our focus –...