Of reading blogs and thinking

I’m amazed at the amount of time people spend on the internet. I’m not against technology, but all tools should be used to their best advantage. We should be spending our time on things that have staying power, instead of on the latest thought of the latest blogger—and then moving on quickly to the next blogger. That makes us more superficial, not more thoughtful.

J.I. Packer, in World Magazine

I’m interested in technology, especially that related to the interest. Aren’t you intrigued at how this big world is made smaller through social networking sites and forums, how people seem to be more interconnected, yet people are spending more time with their computers than real flesh-and-blood beings? But like what J.I. Packer said, technologies are just tools. They are not the end in themselves. We should invest our time in things that really last.

Actually, his words kind of disturbed me. I think that’s what I do, i.e. I visit Christian blogs for daily inspiration and to know what prominent Christian pastors and authors have to say on contemporary issues, and even theology. Then I read and bookmark them for further reflection. Sometimes I blog about them, sometimes I don’t. But what does that do to me? I must say that some articles really helped me to reflect on my life, e.g. my praying, reading, being… Their effects and impacts are of varying degrees, but yes, I think I do spend more time thinking. Perhaps it’s because I read with a purpose: I want to share inspiring articles with others with the hope that they too would be inspired. So this forces me to read intently. So I guess reading blogs is not such a bad thing for me (I hope!).

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