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10 Digital Resolutions for the New Year

The real impact of social networking while at workphoto © 2009 Robert S. Donovan | more info (via: Wylio)

iFaith, Connecting to God in the 21st CenturyI have been a tech junkie ever since my dad came home with one of the very first personal computers— the TI-99 4A. I consider myself a charter member of “the connected generation.” I’ve always known life to be lived at warped speed and on demand.

Today, I own an iPhone, a Macbook Pro, and love my DVR. I’m an avid reader of blogs, I download quite a few podcasts, and I use Twitter as my primary news source.

Not to mention Facebook, email, and texting.

But as I game-plan my life for 2011, I’m asking myself a tough question: Is technology enhancing or diminishing my relationship with God?

This is the central question of iFaith: Connecting to God in the 21st Century, releasing this January from New Hope Publishers.

I’m inviting you to ask yourself the same question.

It’s not that we should stop employing technology. I’m not even sure we need to slow down. But how can we create effective boundaries so that we’re using these tools to our advantage, rather than letting them isolate us from what is most important: God and people.

So, this year I’ve come up with 10 digital resolutions for myself. (Click here to download the free “10 Digital Resolutions” Tipsheet)

This is the best I can do. Your list may look different:

Guess What? If it’s Online, It’s Live

I have over 1,000 friends on Facebook now and a growing number of Twitter followers. The world is much different now than it was even five years ago. We’re all social; we’re all sharing stuff with our little tribes. I don’t think this is a bad thing and these tools are incredibly useful in getting a message out to a wide group of people. Personally I’ve seen God use Facebook and Twitter to use my ministry to minister to people. That’s a good thing. But there’s a trend I’m noticing on social networks that’s a bit disturbing. It’s disturbing because it’s happening among Christians. It seems that we’re becoming a bit too personal, a bit too expressive in our posts and tweets and blog posts. We seem to have forgotten that if we post it online, its, well, online. And online means, typewritten somewhere, forever recorded, and well . . . public. Imagine...

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