Self-Aware Unaware

selfawreIt’s amazing to see how much our world has changed since the début of computers. There are so many things we have access to even more so now compared to the beginning of the computer age. We now have iTouch, iPhones, iPads, everything we want at just the touch of our fingertips and we eagerly await the next best thing technology has to unveil. While a lot of this new technology is great and useful, I do question, have we become so self-aware that we are unaware of self-control in all things “i”?

Before I go on, let me admit to the reasoning behind this question. I have consumed my time with games on Facebook, spending more time and energy to get friends to help my farm grow. I have spent hours of idleness on the computer avoiding the things I needed to get done in the home. I have taken part in arguments on news threads which did not bring glory to God. I have been at the beckoned call of my devices, running to them and making them a priority during a family meal or lunch with a friend. I have used texting and email to continue arguments with my husband that in the past before all these things would have had time to cool down and revisit once home for the evening. I have jumped to conclusions and began arguments due to wording received in a text. In all these examples, I did not have self-control, instead I reeked with self!

It is true, we are more self-aware in the digital age than ever before. We use technology as a way to promote ourselves, but just as with all things, the bad lurks as a lion with each button click. It doesn’t take long for us to see the power of our self-awareness in the likes of posts. When we become all too comfortable and aware of ourselves and consumed to all things “i”, that is when the trouble begins. We begin spouting our opinions or racy experiences with little regard to others or the younger eyes that may see them. We justify our hateful actions and sin as we become more aware of others doing the same things. Our self-awareness has become very skewed, unaware, at the lack of self-control in and around us and we embrace the things that clearly are not normal and make them our new mantra. We have opened our homes and have become more accessible to, “… many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.” (Titus 1:10-11)

We have great reminders of what self-control is in the Bible. My heart aches at how easily I forgot the discernment given on this matter in Proverbs. Here are a few to review:

Proverbs 21:23 says, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.”

Proverbs 141:3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool always loses his temper. But a wise man holds it back.”

Jeremiah 17:9 says this about our hearts, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Being consumed in the digital age has left a void in our hearts, our friendships, and our families. We become tossed about in the raging seas of despair, enslaved to sin, when we gauge how many likes we receive to our value as human beings. We become ineffective and unproductive for the greater purpose before us. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

Yes, we are in the digital age but not all things digital are necessary. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:25. Be self-aware to the unawareness of self-control in and around you. It may be time to put all things “i” aside and reflect on the impact it has on you and, “prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13)

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