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Technology and Our Brains

By Pete Macinta

Just the other day I was talking to someone and asked for a telephone number. It was a phone number of one of their children.

They said, hold on, they would have to check the other cell phone. They did not know it off hand.

Then the thought occurred to me that we were more apt to remember those things decades ago, before the high tech era came along with cell phones, personal computers and more.

The Lord also pointed out to me this was true of ID callers. I have less numbers memorized because I am subconsciously depending upon that device to remember the numbers for me.

I then thought of how it has been said that our minds have to be exercised too.

In my case I have been proactive in exercising my mind. I just wish I had a couple of more heads to get the added knowledge I want.

However, with the one brain I am allowed to have I am studying bibliology, the Church fathers, memorizing Scriptures from Isaiah to witness to Jehovah's Witnesses, learning on the go about usage of English words as I do writing and editing, and a few other things.

But I do have a concern for some others who might not be making any effort to exercise their minds. If they keep ignoring their mind, they will eventually loose what brain power they have.

Now, of course it is important what knowledge we should seek after and have the correct motives to try to obtain that knowledge.

Paul by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians warns that knowledge can make a person proud in an ungodly way.

So it is good for us to read Proverbs 1:7 -- "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." The foundation is to reverence the Lord first. To gain true knowledge we should receive His wisdom and instruction. His instruction might direct us into studies that will broaden and sharpen our mind for His honor and glory.

I have to remember that it took about forty years of my life to realize I should buckle down and learn how to type. So God helped me to learn how to type without hunting and pecking sometime around 1997.

Technology is not all bad when it memorizes things for us. If we think about it, it can be a great blessing for us to take the "added memory space" that technology has granted us and fill our minds with very useful things that will help us to serve both God and man.

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