If you know me, you know I love Google and the products they produce. One of their produces, Google Now, I use daily. For those who do not know what Google Now is, or does:
“From knowing the weather before you start your day, to planning the best route to avoid traffic, or even checking your favorite team’s score while they’re playing, Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it. Google Now works in the background so you don’t have to. Your information is automatically organized into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed. Because Google Now is ready whenever you are, you can spend less time digging and more time living.”
Sounds good, right? I have really enjoyed using this Google service. I use it to check the weather, sports scores, the traffic, and news. One feature of Google Now is that it pushes the most relevant information to the top, and the less relevant to the bottom based on your personal online activity. This is where my problem started.
Today, I noticed a news article from a Christian website pushed all the way down at the bottom. This got me thinking. I see tons of sports and technology articles in my feed front and center every day, but only on occasion do I see Christian articles. The reason for this is pretty obvious. I spend a lot more time online reading about the latest technologies and keeping up with sports stars than I do reading things that will help me grow spiritually. After a quick scan through my web browser history I confirmed this very thing.
The internet is an amazing tool for spiritual growth but only when we use it correctly. Please do not misunderstand; sports and technology is not bad, and the internet is not evil. But we should be a little more aware of how much time we are wasting and make the effort to spiritually equip ourselves while we can.