…this was the response of someone when I asked her what she would do without her cellular phone. That phrase, “I would just lose my mind” made me really start thinking about us and what we would do if we ever lost technological capabilities. As a matter of fact, I thought that if technology were the Mark of the Beast as described in the book of Relevation that most of us would be lost! So let’s talk for a second about the mind, since it seems so easy to lose it over trivial things; we all know about the five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing) but this data is used by the brain with its 5 basic aptitudes: attention, memory, learning, recall and speech with more than 10 billion neurons and connectors all working together. That is a lot going on up there in the ole noggin, isn’t it? Now let’s talk memory; there are three types of memory, imprinting sensory, short-term and long-term. In imprinting sensory the information is an immediate perception and can be lost in .3 seconds if not stored in your short term memory. With your short term memory information can last for a few seconds, but will be lost if not subject to repetition. Your STM can remember seven digits, but a ten digit phone number will not stay in your short term memory. Remember your ABCs? It took quite a while and a whole lot of repetition before we mastered that artful collage of letters. The ABCs is a prime example of long term memory; this enables us to recall memories from long ago due to repetition. As we age, however, long term memory can be influenced by other biological factors and degeneration.
Am I getting too nerdy for you? I apologize, it’s the psychologist in me, but I am getting to the good part. Technology in and of itself is a great thing. Where would most of us be right now without a lot of the moderm amenities that we are used to? Today I went to interview for a job with the state, and they told me that I would have to take a clerical test, that’s fine, I thought to myself. I got this. The lady escorted me into an office with a very nice HP computer, but when I went to sit down she said, “No, you’re going to be using a typewriter…do you remember those?” Uhhh…barely! So I sit down at this raggedy old typewriter while she struggles to load the paper into it. I’m thinking the whole time, “Candid Camera…yeah…no…Punk’D…no….Betty White’s Off Their Rockers…”, it had to be some hidden camera joke show right? Wrong. I had to type out a whole page on an old no name typewriter, but I was happy that it had a backspace/white-out key because I wore that joker out, LOL! After that test she did place me on the computer to type out the same thing onto a Word Document, *whew*. It really got me thinking though because I had to reach back into my memory bank to remember how to load, unload, type, backspace and all of that on a machine that only became obsolete 20 or so years ago. So…technology…this new age beast has many of us in a stranglehold and we don’t even realize it. How many of us have said or at least thought, “Without my phone I don’t know ANYbody’s number”, or “If I lost my phone I would lose my mind”? or, “I don’t know what I would do without my car”, or “I would die before I gave up my Internet”? This is when technology stops being a privilege and it has become an idol.
Now don’t get upset with me, I know how it feels to have that punch me right in the gut too. I am a text junkie and an app connoisseur; however, if I get to the place where I feel that if I lose a piece of electronic equipment that my mind goes as well, I will definitely scale back or ask God to take it away from me. See here’s the thing, none of this technology or electronic craziness is new to God; He in His infinite wisdom prepared us for this day.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
I had a discussion with our children about this passage because so often our minds are focused everywhere else but on the Lord and then we wonder why our lives are filled with turmoil, angst and despair. The scripture tells us straight that we would have perfect peace if our minds were stayed on Him. How do we do that? We stop asking Siri, Google Maps and TeleNav for directions and start asking God where He wants us to go; we stop waiting for our phone buzz to stir us to go and pray and we schedule a prayer time with God in advance. He should be the first thing we look to in the morning, not Facebook and Twitter, and the last thing that we address at night, not the evening news or making sure your app download finished before turning out the lights.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:2).
This is our whole problem…and it is a part of the satanic agenda. I call it “the monster need more”, which generally means that we feel that we need every new thing that is released, and we buy into the advertising hype to the point that we forget that God knows our needs and supplies them. We set our affection (or love) on things on the Earth. And this brings in a whole new set of issues…
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 2:15-17).
I pray that you’re still with me! It’s easy to get caught up in these mind games that satan has set as a trap for each of us to fall into. We get so busy with our technology and our new, newer, and newest gadgets that we eventually become too busy to worship Jesus and give praise to him. Prayer and praise becomes more of a task or a duty to be rushed through at bedtime, while our iPhones, Droids, iPads, Kindles, Hewletts, Blackberrys and Dells receive most of our waking time. God knows that we trust Him if we are always thinking of Him, but when we are always thinking about who is on the other end of that “riiiiingtone” what do you think that shows God about who we love and trust?
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phillipians 2:5-8).
Jesus had a mind to serve the Father. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s definitely good enough for me. Satan desires to sift us as wheat and it doesn’t matter whether he uses an agenda, a movement, or a technological advance, the ONLY way that we can fight back is to keep our mind stayed on God. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty THROUGH God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Cor. 10:4). Don’t allow your short term memory to affect your long term goal of spending eternity with the Father.
I wonder how many of those 620 million almost “lost their minds” when the power went out. “This is just a test of the emergency broadcast system”. Hmm!
Stay blessed people of God.