The One Thing That Matters In the Information Age

According to a recent article in Newsweek, in 2010 there were:

  • 141 million active blogs.
  • 2 billion daily Google searches.
  • 1,052,803 books published.
  • 247 billion emails sent.
  • 4.5 billion text messages sent.
  • 10 billion songs downloaded on iTunes.

In the midst of this avalanche of information I can’t help but think of Jesus’ words to Martha:

Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)

We can be troubled, and distracted, and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data available to us. But when you get down to it, only one thing really matters. If all the blogs were gone, and Google went down, and teens suddenly stopped texting, it wouldn’t really matter that much.

There’s only one Word that really matters: God’s Word. We have it. Let’s never let the mass of information available push away from the only information of eternal significance.

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I’m married to Jen, and I have three kids. I know a lot about Star Wars, and I live in a van down by the river. I’ve also written a number of books, which people seem to like.


  1. says

    Great post! “Let?s never let the mass of information available push away from the only information of eternal significance.” I think that’s what it’s trying to do, and I will be the first to admit that it is doing a mighty fine job! I often wonder what would happen if our cyber world were to suddenly crash…

  2. says

    You are so right. I am so overwhelmed. Just last week I thought I had too much to do to start a Bible Study (on Jonah) and that verse came to mind. I chose to go to the Christian book store, buy the book and get started. I will turn my attention away from something else.

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