A Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet


August 11, 2016

Internet Love-Hate

I have a love/hate relationship with the internet.

The internet has helped us connect with hundreds of thousands of you through IF:Gathering as we study and chase after our God together.

It’s helped us raise money in order to give jobs to women who need a chance at rebuilding their lives and families; equip leaders with resources to disciple women across the world; and challenge each other with Truth.

Even this week, it helped us connect together while digging into the book of Daniel through our Humble & Bold study.

This is why I love the internet.

But some days I hate it, too.

I hate the days when I get too distracted by all that is happening in the world, because I’m not present in my life. I hate that our minds get so cluttered with more than they were built to hold.

It has also the ability to leave us feeling left out, unknown, and caught up in anything but the present gifts in front of us.

Two of my friends released books on Tuesday: Lysa TerKeurst and Shauna Niequist. Both of these friends fully understand the fight we each go through to keep our eyes focused on who God says we are and the precious gifts He’s given us.

I have learned so much from Shauna about choosing presence and self-care in the midst of chaos and constant demands. She awakens our desire to not miss our lives. Because that pursuit costs us our distracting habits, we need motivation beyond disciplines and rules. We have to want to really live and be with our people and enjoy this gift of a life that God has given us. Shauna’s life makes me not want to miss mine, and her words here will make you not want to miss yours.

My regrets: how many years I bruised people with my fragmented, anxious presence. How many moments of connection I missed—too busy, too tired, too frantic and strung out on the drug of efficiency.

Now I know there’s another way.

You don’t have to damage your body and your soul and the people you love most in order to get done what you think you have to get done.

You don’t have to live like this.

-Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect

Lysa meets us right in the middle of the dark places–the lonely, doubting, left out moments–and points us straight to the arms of Jesus. She reminds us that pain is the invitation for God to move in and replace our faltering strength with His. The enemy wants to use our temptation to compare to confirm the lies he’s trying to convince us are true.

The enemy loves to take our rejection and twist it into a raw, irrational fear that God really doesn’t have a good plan for us. This fear is a corrupting companion. It replaces the truths we’ve trusted with hopeless lies. Satan knows what consumes us controls us. Therefore the more consumed we are with rejection, the more he can control our emotions, our thinking, and our actions.

That’s the exact place where panic starts to replace peace.

Uncertainty starts to overshadow our faith. And discouragement threatens to override our joy.

What’s a brokenhearted person to do? We must praise God, seek God, look to God, call to God, experience God, fear God, learn from God, honor God, draw near to God, and take refuge in God.

This is how we take back control from something or someone that was never meant to have it and declare God as Lord.

-Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited

I may have wavering feelings about the internet, but I love that it gives me the chance to cheer on friends who are constantly reminding us where to look to find our freedom and worth. We’re in this fight together, and I’m so grateful.

You can find copies of these incredible books by clicking on the links below:

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

8 Responses to “A Love/Hate Relationship with the Internet”

  1. Right now I am thanking God for finding you on the internet!:) Clearly God is speaking to us through the words, humble and bold. I found you after tagging a picture with those words this morning. I have a blog at http://www.humbleandbold.com and my youngest is named Daniel because of the days we are in. I look forward to checking out your Bible study and hopefully connecting more.
    With love and encouragement, your fellow ginger sister in Christ.

  2. Joyce Mitchell

    Decided to stay off my tech on Sunday’s. (Except for humble & bold) …. I agree Internet has too much of my time. My laptop was stolen last week out of my car and I have been wondering why the Lord allowed it to happen. I felt so isolated without it – or like a part of my body was missing. It was a scary feeling – am I really that out of balance?

  3. Monica Baez

    I bought both. I started with Shauna’s and am amazed at how much she speaks about issues that have to do with comparison, and addiction (to approval and other stuff), which I’m sure will come up in Lysa’s. What a gift to not miss our lives through busyness or feelings of rejection.

  4. My sister-in-law sent me a copy of Uninvited that arrived yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading it and the title of Shauna’s book is so perfect for today. Thanks for sharing both of them here, Jennie.

  5. Thank you, Jennie! I am excited about the release of these two books as well. This year, Keith and I have released a journal planner @ think-time.com that is designed to bring calm from the chaos that our new world delivers to our doorstep every day. Think Time would serve as an excellent companion journal planner to the goals of being present over perfect and resuming a right stewardship of the irreplaceable lives we have been given. It is literally designed to maximize the benefit of all the inputs while maintaining focus on what is most important. Thanks again for another great article!

  6. This article so resonates with me too!! I love the way we can connect with one another online but equally, struggle with its ability to consume our time and toy with our emotions when we allow it.
    This week I’m trying to slow way down in the necessity to read both of these amazing ladies books.
    I absolutely love both Shauna and Lysa and their words and encouragement in both of these books so completely speak right to my heart — I’m having so much fun devouring both their books this week!

  7. I am feeling the same way these days. I’m actually taking a break from my personal Facebook for now because I need to focus on Jesus. But I also love the parts that allow us to hear from other amazing people, and cheer each other on as we each run the race God has given us. Thanks for sharing these blurbs from the books – they are both on my “to read” list!

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