Sweet and Sour or bitter and sweet, some polar opposites of life are single wrapped and served for your pleasure. Too much of one ruins the other, but without the correct mix you are left with something that is bland and tasteless.
If a glass of lemonade was all lemon and no sugar, it would be much too sour. If it was just a squeeze of lemon and two cups of sugar, it would be far too sweet. The same is true with life in general: You need to get the right blend or you’ll be mixed up but not balanced.
How balanced is your life when it comes to technology? I’m a news-hound, so I watch it on TV, and read it on the internet, and I enjoy watching sports on TV. I also have a Kindle Fire, and download books to it for reading. But, it’s possible to spend too much time with technological gadgets and too little time with God.
A disciplined life is an essential. Peter said that a person should “be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone (I Peter 5).”
Is your life balanced or have you left the door open to roaring lion? Are listening more to Hollywood or the Holy Word? In your life, which of the two is the powerless microphone or a powerful megaphone?
While this is an important question for adults, it is even more serious when it comes to our children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that there should be no screens in kids rooms, including televisions, video games, and mobile devices; and no screen time for children under 2 years of age.
- The AAP has reported that the average 8 to 10 year old spends nearly 8 hours a day using media and teens spend more than 11 hours a day.
- The Pew Research Internet Report reports that 78% of teens have a handheld device and 97% use the internet.
This can be good, but it can also be bad. I think there is a correlation between some societal problems and the proliferation of technology. Focus on the Family has reported that the average at which a child is introduced to pornography has dropped to 8 years old.
Sweet and sour or bitter and sweet—is your life full of the enticing, the entertaining, or the educational. Who is controlling the gateway to the eyes and ears of your family? Is the roaring lion in the cage or is he running loose?