My pastor said something in one of his sermons a few weeks ago that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. It was something along the lines of how we live in such an information age and it’s so easy to hear and read biblical advice anywhere. He specifically used an example of sermons- we are able to listen to basically any sermon we want to online and jump from sermon to sermon without dwelling on anything we learned. His fear was that we spend all this time listening to sermons or hearing biblical advice but we never take the time to make a change to our own lives concerning the advice that we just learned.

This got me thinking- do I do this? I am constantly on the look out for more- more blogs to read, more books to read, more pastors to listen to online. I have a mile long list of books I want to read and sometimes I catch myself speeding through the book I’m reading so that I can get to the next one. And for what? Why am I doing this? I’m not even taking the time to enjoy what I’m reading. I even do this when reading my bible sometimes- I want to read the through the whole bible in a certain amount of time and I hate to admit it but sometimes I am reading it just to check it off my to do list for the day. I’ve recently decided to make reading my bible a daily habit because I know how important it is to transforming our minds. But I guess I’d have to it just because I feel admit that reading like I “have” to kind of defeats the purpose of reading it at all doesn’t it? If I’m not really letting this information transform me or using it to spend time with God then what’s the point?

I need to really dwell on the information I’m taking in when it comes to biblical advice if I really want it to transform me. If I’m reading just to get it done and on to the next I’m missing so much. I’m still in the process of figuring out what it means to really simplify my life and really enjoy the things I’m doing. My fear is that I’m always looking for what’s next and never really present in the moment itself.

I think some of these issues are rooted in me being such a performance driven, type A person and I tend to value myself based off of what I’ve done for the day even if that means just finishing a book. I don’t want to be this way though- I want to rest in what Jesus has done for me and really value myself based off of that because that’s the only thing that really matters.

Does anyone else struggle with this?  I don’t want to miss the important things in life because I’m always focused on what’s next. Does anyone have any helpful tips? I’m going to really spend time in prayer and try to set some rules to help me make sure to keep me from an information overload-  maybe only allowing myself to read 2 books a month or something along those lines to insure that I really am enjoying the moment, I’ll report back sometime next week with what I’ve found and some tips for anyone else who might struggle with this as well 🙂

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  • Hi, I was exploring tags and found your post. An advice from your brother in Christ: set your vision on him. Therefore, everything you do, including listening to sermons and reading books, do it as FOR HIM, not for human (Col.3:23). Put God first. Seek his presence and be full of Holy Spirit, because that is the only way Jesus can be alive within you. Read your books slowly and ask God whether it is what He wanted. A praying lifestyle is essential! So, keep praying! Jesus love you abundantly.

    • Thank you! This was very helpful advice. I just wrote a follow up post about this topic and that was my conclusion. I need to receive my worth from him and stop trying to do things for Jesus to love me. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I have been thinking about what you have spoken about and you are so right! I am thinking about myself and thinking if i am I just pursuing knowledge for the sake of it and not allowing it to change.
    How someone explained this whole thing to me is that, knowledge is good, but it must be translated into wisdom. It is translated into wisdom when we begin to apply the knowledge we get. So if you read a book, there has to be an action plan in place. Steps to apply what you just read. Same for the word. If there is no action been taken on what you read then deception can come in cause we think there is change because we read something good but it’s not true. I hope that makes sense?

    I struggle with just getting knowledge and not applying what I learn. I will be checking in to see what tips you found! But your pastor is right. This is a very real problem! And it needs to be taken seriously!
    Thanks for sharing this!

    Rolain

    • This was actually very helpful! The part about deception coming in when we don’t actually act on what we learned is so so true. I never realized that so thank you for opening my eyes to this. I think just knowing this fact can help immensely and when we learn something new we can stop and really try to create a plan on how to put into action anything new we feel we’ve learned. Even if that means only allowing ourselves to read one new things a day.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Cool Ashley…..it’s hard but it can be done! 🙂
        Enjoy the rest of your week!

        Rolain

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