I should have planned out this post yesterday, but I was reading a Buzzfeed article called, “17 Extremely Helpful Cats.” And then about ten more articles after that, because it’s very important & pertinent stuff that I just really have to know about. Crucial information.
Obviously, Buzzfeed isn’t really where I get my important information. But I do come to the internet for most of it. And I bet you do too. We live in a world that feeds on information. And by “feeds on,” I mean scarfs it down as if it were the last snack on earth. We take tests to learn more about our personalities, skill sets, & optimum career choices. We fill up on blog posts, podcasts & seminars. We read books, watch documentaries, & seek counsel. All of which is good. But we’ve gone past enjoying information & slipped right into needing it — more & more & more of it, all the time.
In short, we’re addicts. And you wouldn’t think so, but the more information we take in, the less likely we are to act on it. We become dependent on just one more article, one more sermon, or one more piece of advice before we take a step — not just in the right direction, but in any direction.
The internet is one of my favorite places, but it’s also a dangerous one. Our generation is surrounded by more voices than anyone in the past could’ve even wrapped their brain around. The mountain of ideas & opinions that we feed our minds on a minute-by-minute basis can paralyze us rather than inspire us, complicate our lives rather than simplify them.
This year, I have a plate full of big decisions sitting in front of me. It’s tempting to click on the “21 Things You Must Know About Post-Grad Life” article. Or to take my Myers-Briggs test one more time, just to see if any of those four little letters has shifted a bit. Or to grab coffee with every single friend & ask for their opinion on the choices I need to make. But honestly, I don’t need any of that information. In fact, I might just end up even more conflicted or confused. At the end of the day, I know who I am. I know what I love. I know what I’m good at. And I know I serve a God who is faithful. The wisest next step is the obedient one. And I don’t even need a Buzzfeed article to tell me that.