At 11:50pm on April 30th, 2012, technology writer Paul Miller started his yearlong commitment to live without any contact with the internet. So he unplugged his computer, shut off his Wi-Fi, and exchanged his smartphone for a dumb phone. He said, "I wanted a break from modern life—the hamster wheel of an email inbox, the constant flood of information which drowned out my sanity. I wanted to escape."
On May 1, 2013 he wrote an article titled "I'm Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet." Miller started by saying, "And now I'm supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I'm supposed to be enlightened. I'm supposed to be more 'real,' now. More perfect."
But Miller realized that the deepest problems in his life weren't related to something outside himself—like the internet. Instead, the real problems in his life resided in his own heart. Miller concluded: “What I do know is that I can't blame the internet, or any circumstance, for my problems. I have many of the same issues I had before I left the internet: family, friends, work, etc. And I have no guarantee they’ll change when I get back on the internet—it probably won't, to be honest. But at least I'll know that it's not the internet's fault.”
This same mentality is all too prevalent within our Christian circles still today. The problem isn’t us, it’s got to be something else. We appear to be more concerned with the outside than within.
So in order to get on the solution side of the problems, we have to paddle upstream to their source in us and be honest about where those problems begin. And the upstream source is in the hearts of men and women. Which makes the beauty of the Gospel such good news: God wants to give us a heart transplant! Ezekiel 36:26 NIV “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Challenge yourself this week to memorize Ezekiel 36:26. As you recite it each day, turn it into a prayer of thankfulness to God.