Guarding Our Hearts
“So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
We live in a world that can be dangerous. To understand this, you need look no further than the local news to see some of the tragedies that befall so many in our communities. Because of this inherent danger, we go to great lengths to protect our houses and cars with alarm systems. As well, we provide protection for our families with weapons or self-defense training. These types of protections are all well and good but what about protecting our hearts and souls?
What are we doing to protect the most important relationships of our lives? How are we guarding our hearts? One of the greatest dangers we and our families face every day is in our homes and at our fingertips. That danger I believe comes in various forms through the devices we use every day. The internet has so many great uses for our daily lives but with it comes inherent dangers if we do not guard our hearts and those of our children.
Paul tells us in the verse above to “be on guard and stay alert”. He says something very similar in 1 Peter 5:8 when he says: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
I am convinced that if we do not stay alert and protect ourselves then the enemy will use our devices and the internet to do much harm to our families. What can we do to keep the enemy from devouring us as 1 Peter says when it comes to the internet and our devices?
One of the most important ways in which we can protect ourselves and our families from the dangers of technology is to provide complete accountability with all our devices. What I mean by this is to set some simple rules regarding the use of devices that will provide accountability and protection. Rules such as:
All devices in the home are kept in view of all in the family. In other words, devices cannot be kept in bedrooms where children can have access to the internet unsupervised.
Parents have access to each other’s passwords and passwords to all their children’s devices so that accountability can be maintained.
Provide for a strong filtering system in your home that will keep your children and yourself from accessing destructive material.
Providing these simple measures of accountability could save us all a lot of heartache. I pray that we would all realize just how much we must “stay alert” and “watch out for our great enemy”.