Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The LORD Gives Wisdom

My daughters watch me talk to my phone and ask for directions while driving. A mysterious robot woman (Siri) always has the answers.  

When they ask a question like "Can worms see underground?", my daughters see me type the question into Google. Up pops a long list of answers.

This Spring I have been considering the question "How do I prepare my children for a future filled with technology?" I want my daughters to know that true wisdom and knowledge come from God. Not Google and not Siri.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7 KJV
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9:10 KJV

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Growing Up Social" Resource Recommendation - Tech Tuesday

This Spring, on Tech Tuesdays, I have been looking at the question "How do I prepare my child for a future filled with technology?" I have been looking at how to apply God's Word as a parent making decisions about technology. In God's Word we find the answers to what life is about. As I apply God's Word to technology, I have found it helpful to consider some practical aspects. The book "Growing Up Social" has been a good companion in this endeavor. 

"Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids In A Screen Driven World" is by Gary D Chapman (who also wrote "The 5 Love Languages") and Arlene Pellicane.  This book helps parents teach their children how to have a healthy use of screens and how to have good social skills in a digital age. The authors are Christians and occasionally mentions God's Word. On this blog I normally recommend resources that relate more directly to Biblical instruction. Yet I recommend this resource because of the practical examples and relevant content.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Look Up From Your Screen To Love Your Neighbor - Tech Tuesday

This Spring I'm looking at the question "How can I prepare my child for a future filled with technology?"

Technology can distract us from the people around us. As I teach my child to love her neighbor, I need to teach her to see the people around her. To love her neighbor, she has to first look at her neighbor. 
Let's look at what Jesus said when he taught about loving your neighbor:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Make time to think on God's Word -Tech Tuesday

This Spring I am considering the question "How do I prepare my children for a future filled with technology?"

With portable screens, technology can fill every part of both a parent's day and a child's day. From waking up to check email, to listening to a podcast while folding laundry, to checking social media while making toast, to watching a show while riding in the car, to playing an app while waiting at a restaurant.

Every minute of a parent's day and a child's day can be filled with information and entertainment. By the end of the day we can find ourselves hardly having God's Word in each of our hearts.

To prepare our children for a future filled with technology, first as parents we need to make the time to think on God's Word. We can take free moments during the day as continued opportunities to think on God's Word. We can each tell our mind what to think about, instead of passively surfing the internet.

Then we will be able to teach our children how to think on God's Word. This includes teaching them how to make choices with their time.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Living Deuteronomy 6:7 With A Smart Phone In My Hand - Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday -Part 3 of looking at the question "How Do I Prepare My Children for a Future Filled With Technology?" (This is a Tech Tuesday post on a Wednesday. Oops!)

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV
With today's technology being so portable, each of those moments in Deuteronomy 6:7 could be filled with a screen. When I sit in my house my child could play a game on a tablet. When I walk by the way I could post a picture to Instagram. When my family lies down we can watch Netflix. When I rise I can check my email. 

None of these things are necessarily bad by themselves. But when they are all added together are they distracting us from living God's Word?

When considering trying to teach diligently, I find it helpful to ask myself a couple of questions regarding technology: