Surf, Sink or Swim!??
“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” —Carol Burnett
Surf, Sink or Swim, other than that you could just dry up, or drown, I suppose. Some people like to use the cliché “sink or swim,” but I say, “Surf, Sink or Swim.” When thinking about the constant barrage of information, entertainment and everything in between, this is what I say: Surf, Sink or Swim.
Wow, holy mackerel! Just imagine what the world was like when your mom, dad or your grandparents, or great grandparents were your age! Before the 1980s there were no PC’s or Macs, and computers were huge and took the space of an entire floor of an office building. The average small smartphone today has more memory and is more sophisticated than the onboard computer Apollo 11 had when they landed on the moon and back. Now imagine how different your world is from their world. You constantly have information coming at you from many modern sources, not just print, screen, radio and television types of sources but now computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, mp3 players and the like, Et cetera. And look now at today’s Social Media, Vlogs and Blogs everywhere, even right in front of you!
What do you do with this constant barrage or tsunami of information? Well, first of all don’t drown, but surf, (sounds like the most fun) skimming the surface and gleaming only what you want or need. This notion coincides with the old phrase, “surfin’ the web.” (Hard to believe that phrase is getting old already.) Or next, you can sink, meaning either you become overwhelmed as you sink in the overabundance of data and lose yourself as you become assimilated in the Borg Collective, or, on a more positive note, you can have just a few healthy obsessions and sink yourself into them but taking smaller bites (bytes?) of data*** (UPDATE—see footnote). Thirdly, you can swim, (almost as fun as surfing) delve in for a time but not become too obsessed or overwhelmed. Lastly, I suppose you can choose a hermit’s life and cut yourselves off from all of it completely, but I am afraid then you would probably dry up, intellectually at least.
So which should you do? I will quote from one of my favorite movies: “You must choose. But choose wisely.” Make sure you have a little fun too. 【ツ】
P.S. Speaking of surfing, sinking or swimming, did you know that there is a TIDAL WAVE OF GOOD NEWS!? Click here!
***Good, you found this footnote regarding obsessions. HEY, YOU!! Yes, I am talking to you! Don’t ask. Just accept the fact that I am talking to you. The following message is probably too important to be a footnote but here it goes anyways, you should have at least one healthy obsession to sink yourself into, and, are you ready for it? It is the study, reflection and delighting oneself in God, Jesus Christ crucified and the Holy Bible! I know what you are thinking, that that is more than one obsession. This really is only one, and the most important one anyone could ever have. See the following quote:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ― Jesus Christ, Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
Also this quote:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” — Apostle Paul, Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Humbly, pray to God, that through the supernatural influence of His Holy Spirit He will give you this renewal of your mind. Then read, reflect and study the Holy Bible. I would suggest start with the Gospel of John (CLICK HERE), and don’t forget to pray and humbly seek this renewal of your mind. You may have to renew your heart too if you cannot find it within you to pray this way. Ask God to do that too. Also you might also wish to view this video, “Are You a Good Person” (CLICK HERE) After that video you need to view this one: http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/eric-metaxas/
Speaking of renewing your heart as well as your mind, you may feel compelled to pray “The Sinners Prayer.” Have you ever heard that phrase, “The Sinners Prayer?” Did you know that King David wrote it about 3000 years ago, really, see Psalm 51 (CLICK HERE). The modern versions of the sinners prayer are shortened, loosely paraphrased and updated due to the historically pivotal, Christmas and Easter events of around 2000 years ago, about a thousand years after King David. King David’s version, however, is still beautiful and wonderful to be read, prayed and sung today. See Psalm 51 (CLICK HERE).
The following page has a good version of the modern day sinners prayer (CLICK HERE for that page). That page has it in written form just below the first video and it is prayed aloud by various people, even some famous people in the last few minutes of all the videos on that page, even in Spanish. You may want to check it out. Thank you for visiting my WordPress blog and God’s Grace and Blessings to you and yours. [UPDATED link see this page too: https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/]
“So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.” — The Eagles
“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.” ― Helen Keller
“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” —Blaise Pascal