On Reading Blogs

When I first discovered blogs, I was amazed how much time people spent reading them. I still am. Yet, I've too often sat down to read a blog and been shocked to look up at the clock and see that two hours has passed.

For all that's good about blogs, there are some down sides. The majority of blogs promote transient, light, emotional, and unreflective communication. Unlike great authors, no blogger I know spends years figuring out what they're going to say on their blog. For the most part, blogs focus on what's new, fashionable, or controversial. They can encourage quick and mindless responses that only feed our tendency to value temporal, passing things.

Of course, blogs can be beneficial if we use them wisely, understanding that they're only one slice of the way God intends for us to relate to the world. And a small slice, at that.

Before reading a blog, it's always good to ask a few questions:

  • Is there a better way I should be spending my time?
  • Have I set a limit on how long I'm going to do this?
  • Do I plan to guard my heart as I read?
  • How much time do I spend each day reading blogs?

My 17-year-old daughter started a blog where she posts pictures she's taken. She sent out an e-mail to let people know about it, and a portion of it said:

"If you ever have any free time and you're wondering, "What in the world am I going to do now?" don't go to my blog. Have extended devotions, or read some good book on our Savior, or serve your family. And once you've done that, come and visit my blog."

That's great counsel.

The blogosphere is a mixed blessing. Used wisely we can benefit from the lives, insights, and creativity of others. Used without discernment, it can be a temptation and distraction for anyone who wants to please God.

Whether you read, write or ignore blogs, I pray that God gives you grace to do it all for the glory of our Savior.

Copyright © 2006 Sovereign Grace Ministries. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. This article originally appeared on Boundless.org, Focus on the Family's online magazine for 20-somethings.

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